Seen around Seattle: Dexter Horton Building

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Corner of 2nd Ave & Columbia St looking south. And some sunny Seattle sky up there, too!

While this building’s location is no secret, the mystery here is this: Who was Mr. Dexter Horton and why does he have a building named after him? The name, or at least a close relative’s name, may ring a bell for our new friends who came out for Tap into Georgetown: Beer, Art and History on the Banks of the Duwamish last weekend… So put your answers in the comments, if you please! Bonus points if you know the connection to Fantagraphics bookstore.

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Seen around Seattle: New and Improved Metro Buses

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Spotted on a Route 11 bus headed to Madison Park. Next stop, 4th Ave!

King County Metro Transit‘s fleet of buses really keeps the city moving! Its newest innovation, one that seems so obvious but has been sadly lacking for years, has just started appearing on routes serving central Seattle: the LED sign and voice-over announcement for every stop!

I’m sure visitors must have noticed the absence of reliable stop information when you are trying to find your way from the International District to Ballard (try Route 17!), but now you won’t have to ask the busy bus driver to tell you when you get to the intersection of Ballard Ave & Market St – it will be right there on the sign and filling your ears with the dulcet tones of an electronic woman’s voice!

This is not fake enthusiasm here, folks. We Localists know that the bus system can be tricky to navigate and yet it’s the most reliable mode of transportation in a city where cabs can be hard to come by outside of downtown and often run up a pretty high charge. For an improved taxi experience we recommend towncar services: Uber – reserve via smartphone app! – or Aces for Hire – flat rates all over town that are remarkably low!).

And to really make the most of your Metro Transit experience, be sure to download the One Bus Away app for your smartphone. Started in 2008 by Brian Ferris, a former Ph.D. student at the University of Washington, this app will tell you where to find a bus stop, when your next bus should actually arrive (sometimes we have to be flexible with our schedules), and provides links to additional route information.

Finally, remember that the Ride Free Area in the downtown core will begin to disappear in October of this year. This should also eliminate a fair bit of confusion for folks wondering when to pay, which door to use, and so on.

In the meantime, if you need advice for how to get from Point A to Point B and what to do when you get there, you know who to contact

P.S. Today is the last day to register for Tap into Georgetown: Beer, Art and History on the Banks of the Duwamish, and we only have a couple of spaces left! Tell your friends who are in Seattle this weekend to sign up now! You might even want to take Metro Transit Route 106 from Downtown to Georgetown…

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Introducing the Seattle Map from These are Things!

imageBack in October 2011, I helped as an area adviser on the latest city map of Seattle for print studio These are Things. They were so kind to send a sample lithograph and it is finally framed and hung, which you can see above. Here is a much lovelier close-up of the print itself:

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I love the colors of the map: taupe, red and blue, as well as the clever way that the designers have incorporated city streets and the relative “cool” factor of neighborhood names (bigger text = more popular/trendy). The folks behind These are Things, Jen Adrion and Omar Noory, are based in Columbus, Ohio, so they relied on myself and a few others to help them get a better sense of how we live and hang out in the city. So what do you think, Seattleites? Did we get things right or would you have done things differently? And for all you Localists, where do you most want to visit when you come to Seattle? Georgetown, perhaps?

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Seen around Seattle

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We love all of these “ghost signs” hidden around town! Have you seen this one, which adorns the side of a 1925 building that is now a Russian community center? Guess where it is in the comments! Hint: the name of the theater should get you started…

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Tap into Georgetown: Beer, Art and History on the Banks of the Duwamish

Search for this electric box along the way!

The rumors are true: Localist is hosting a free public tour of the Georgetown neighborhood on Saturday, March 3, 2-4pm. And you are cordially invited to participate!

What can you expect on this tour? Well, we’ll take in the industrial, commercial and artistic cultures that have developed in the twentieth- and twenty-first-century aftermath of Seattle’s original beer brewing center. We’ll also get an introduction to the face of the neighborhood – the people who live, work and hang out between Lucille and Bailey Streets. And we are so excited to have architectural historian Elissa join us as a guide (she was awesome in last August’s Public Art Walk in Wallingford)!

So what are you waiting for? Space is limited and registration is required. For more information and to sign up, please click here!

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Back on the Blog and Ready for 2012!

Greetings friends! Apologies for the short absence from the blog these last few weeks; the holiday excitement kept us busy with tours, events, and our own travels. But: There was a lot of activity on the Localist Facebook page! Be sure to “like” that page so you won’t miss any of the latest goings-on.

For example, news of an upcoming PUBLIC TOUR will reach your eyeballs very shortly. So please do check back with us. Any ideas? Here’s a hint:

News related to this electric box coming soon!

Now, where does this Localist travel when she gets occasion to do so? Let’s just say I donned my “Localist Portland” hat and took some time to explore our Stumptown neighbor to the south (and yes, I drank plenty of Stumptown coffee).

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Seattle Schedule: Woody Allen

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Update 12/7/2011: Now with slightly more historical accuracy, thanks to tipster Ann Gross. See below.

Day after Christmas in Seattle: what to do, what to do? Um, obviously, celebrate the holiday with one of the biggest icons of Jewish culture in America! Woody Allen will perform with his New Orleans Jazz Band at the Paramount Theatre on Monday, December 26. Okay, so that takes care of your plans for the evening, but what should the Woodman himself, Mr. Allen, do before the show? Here are the Localist picks for “The Glasses”‘s ideal Seattle itinerary…

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