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Have You Read The Poetry Of Fremont Avenue?

November 28th, 2011 by master

If you’ve walked along Fremont Avenue heading south recently, you might have noticed a page stapled to every-other electrical pole along your way. Some of the pages have already fallen or been racked by the weather but most remain for now.

I’m not entirely sure when they were posted and how long they’ve been there but once you notice them, you can’t un-notice them.

Best I can tell they come from The Spoon River Anthology, a collection of short free-form poems that collectively describe the life of the fictional small town of Spoon River.

Next time you’re walking your dog, waiting for the bus, standing in line at Paseo or just ambling along Fremont Ave. for no reason, give one of them a read. Who knows, you might keep walking in order to read the next one…

Thanks, mysterious poetry stapler!

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Orange Flags Helping Fremont Pedestrians Cross Safer

April 6th, 2011 by master

If you’ve walked on Fremont Ave. between 41st and Motor Place recently, you’ve noticed things have gotten a little more orange. That would be the flags stuck on poles in various spots along the street. Thanks to the Fremont Neighborhood Council, those flags have been installed to help pedestrians cross Fremont Ave. a little safer.

Every block or so, there’s a container on telephone poles on each side of the street. Within each container is a couple of flags. You grab one of the flags so drivers can see you, especially at night, and you go to whichever restaurant was across the street that you needed to get to so badly. Then you just leave said flag in the container across the street from where you started so someone else can cross with it.

You get to go where you wanted to, drivers don’t accidentally run anyone over and the flags get a good workout. Everybody wins.

And while we’re on the topic of Fremont Ave. driving, if you haven’t noticed already, you REALLY better take heed of those flashing beacons by B.F. Day when they’re lit up in the morning and afternoon. More often than not, I’ll see multiple cops at the bottom of the hill just waiting for someone to barrel down at 40 mph. And they’ve got a whole bunch of tickets burning holes in their pockets. Safe driving, ya’ll.

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What Do We Call Upper Fremont?

March 4th, 2011 by master

The article we posted the other day on Upper Fremont being named one of Seattle’s best neighborhoods sparked a worthwhile conversation…

Just what in the heck do we call that part of town between 41st and 45th street anyway?

In the article alone it was referred to as Upper Fremont, Upper Fremont Avenue North and Fremont Village. There’s also North Fremont and perhaps you’ve heard another name bandied about as well.

So what say you? Can we come to an agreement on an official name for this northern wedge of the neighborhood? Cast a vote, leave a (cordial) comment below and let’s figure this out together.

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Road closure: Downtown Fremont

May 3rd, 2010 by master

That little stretch of road on 36th Street between Fremont Avenue and Fremont Place North – the street that includes Kimberly Baker jewelry, to the left of the Lenin Statue if you’re looking at it – will be closed until about 3 p.m. today and again for 24 hours beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Street workers said sewage repair led to a street panel that needs to be replaced.

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