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Entries from June 2008

Flower thieves on Phinney Ridge

June 30th, 2008 by Geeky Swedes

“Cma319″ just posted an item in the My Ballard forum that says someone stole roses out of their Phinney Ridge garden, hacking up the bushes in the process. And it’s not the first time it’s happened. “Last year a woman cut quite a few roses from gardens on our block,” Cma319 writes. “One of our neighbors finally caught her with her car full of roses, got the license #, but never heard anything from the cops after he called it in.”

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Thousands pack Greenwood for car show

June 28th, 2008 by Geeky Swedes

The city’s biggest car show took over Greenwood today.

Thousands of people enjoyed the sizzling heat to check out 500 sparkling cars that lined Greenwood Ave. for nearly a mile.

I’m not a car guy, but I appreciate a good muscle car, like this 1969 Plymouth Fury. But as the sign in the window jokingly points out, gas prices are a little different than they were in 1969. Or 2007.

While most of the crowd focused on the classic cars, others perused the dozens of electric, hybrid and alternative fuel cars on display. Toyota and GM were there, as well as members of the Seattle Electric Vehicle Association and the Northwest Biodiesel Network. Frankly, I was surprised that more people weren’t — at the very least — talking to the Prius guy.

But while the Prius and its counterparts may be a sensible purchase in uncertain times, most American males are still drawn to fast cars. I admit, I feel the same attraction, despite what my intuition is telling me. But I suspect necessity will be making more of our decisions in the years to come.

Update: The Seattle PI wrote a story about the fuel-efficient cars there.

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Car crashes into Phinney yard

June 26th, 2008 by Geeky Swedes


Quite the scene this morning on Phinney Ridge when this black Toyota Corolla jumped the curb, knocked over a street sign and ended up in someone’s yard. It happened at 10:30 a.m. on Fremont Ave. N. near 67th St. A neighbor said she heard several loud crashes like the Corolla had hit several cars on the street. No word on the driver’s condition. (Thanks for the picture, Amy!)

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Couth Buzzard’s last days on the Ridge

June 25th, 2008 by Geeky Swedes

The used bookstore with the strange name, Couth Buzzard, is a victim of progress on Phinney Ridge. As we wrote back in March, Ken’s Market is expanding, which means the Buzzard is losing its lease. Initially, they were supposed to be out in June or July, but we’re told its now looking like the end of August — or even later. And they’re still looking for a new location.

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Taggers go to town on closed McDonald’s

June 22nd, 2008 by Geeky Swedes

The McDonald’s on Greenwood Ave. near 85 St. closed down a couple weeks ago, and taggers have unleashed their talents on every square foot of it. Now it’s arguably Greenwood Avenue’s biggest eyesore.

A business owner across the street says the land has been purchased by developers, so it should be demolished in the next couple months.

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Mural can be saved, but will the city pay?

June 20th, 2008 by Geeky Swedes

Last month the city painted over a beautiful mural by the Woodland Park Zoo, sparking outrage from neighbors. But now a Bellevue company with an innovative technology — a spray wash with volcanic crystals — has proven that it can remove the layer of gray paint, restoring the mural. It tested the spray on a small section of the mural yesterday…

But now the question is, will the city pay the $5,000-$10,000 to restore the entire mural? SDOT said it would consider it. Stay tuned…

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Car careens off hill, narrowly misses house

June 15th, 2008 by Geeky Swedes

Just before noon today, an accident on Market St. near 3rd. Ave. sent a car smashing through a fence and down a steep hill, narrowly missing a house on NW 54th St. We came upon the scene moments after it happened.

You can see onlookers peering down through the hole in the fence above the car. Both drivers were uninjured in the accident. The teenager driving this car was shaken up, but OK. Witnesses say he was headed up Market St. when he collided with another car, hit the guardrail and went off the hill.

It was a 50 to 75 foot drop.

It’s amazing he didn’t hit the house below. His northbound momentum carried the car through the backyard and onto the sidewalk.

Neighbors gathered at the hole in the fence and snapped photos.

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City paints over popular mural

June 3rd, 2008 by Geeky Swedes

You know the mural in the underpass on 57th on Phinney Ridge, near the entrance to the zoo? The one of the monkey, elephant and giraffe? The city painted over it, and some neighbors aren’t so happy about it.

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