55 degrees and Xmas
The weather outside was not at all frightful. And I don’t have a fireplace. So I decided to practice what I preach, and take the GTS for a ride.
The lead pic was taken in the parking lot of an abandoned restaurant behind my apartment building. The beige wall stayed beige until someone decided to turn off the restaurant’s exterior lights at night.
This IHOP is about to be abandoned, Boxing Day (December 26) being its last day in business. Lots of restaurants have closed lately, not least due to the slack economy.
This house on Donovan Avenue stands out because of its size, its newness (lots of houses in this particular part of town look a bit frayed around the edges) and its design. And its size—it’s quite a bit larger than the houses surrounding it.
Not much going on in Fairhaven today. The bricks and concrete strips cover streetcar tracks, which were briefly exposed in the process of repaving 12th Street and the adjoining sections of Harris Avenue. While Bellingham once teemed with streetcars, nobody is seriously talking about reviving them. Not yet, anyway.
The street running above Boulevard Park changes names about six times between Fairhaven and downtown. There are lots of view condos and apartments going begging, in spite of lowered prices and what must be killer views.
The lack of leaves on the trees makes these boats easier to see (and photograph). I assume they are live-aboards; the park’s restroom facilities are close by, and easily accessible by dinghy. So is a coffee place.
You may recognize the wall from a previous masthead picture. Over the summer, it got a fresh coat of paint. As far as I know, this wall has never been tagged. Probably because there’s so much traffic going by.
Having already shown you Holly Street, here’s Railroad Avenue, their intersection marking the center of downtown Bellingham. As I may have mentioned, it’s called Railroad Avenue because there used to be train tracks running down the middle. Most Saturdays you’d have some difficulty finding a place to park, but Christmas Day is an exception.
North of Holly, you’ll find places like Mallard Ice Cream, which happens to appear in the Bellingham State of Mind video. They make their ice cream on the premises. Haven’t tried it yet, but I will, soon.
Kitty-corner across from the Depot Market is the Washington Grocery Building. Back when the train station was at this corner, this was undoubtedly the place where fresh produce came and went. Now it’s apartments. And a coffee shop. This is Western Washington, after all.
Back in the day, Bellingham was a mill town, and the former Georgia-Pacific paper mill on the waterfront looms large, even today. There has been much talk about redevelopment, but like everywhere else the tanked economy has precluded any movement on those ideas.
While Seattle and Portland are busy container ports, the Port of Bellingham’s action seems to be at the marina, where private vessels share space with fishing boats. There’s a mall that caters to boat owners, and a couple of sea-themed restaurants. They were all closed today.
If you celebrate a holiday at this time, I hope it was a happy one. The malls will be hell tomorrow. Luckily, I don’t have to go anywhere near one.