The Hole Grows Deeper


The huge hole is right on track to become a new QFC underneath nearly 300 residential units at the corner of 58tht and 24th in Ballard. Strangely enough, the recently completed yuppie projects nearby such as NO-MA and Canal Station are selling, even with 1 bedrooms between 350K and 400K. Long gone are the days of the Ballard Driving School!

And just on the opposite corner, a quaint little house was knocked down to make way for a 30-Unit condo, charmingly named Danielle. It is also, at the moment, a large whole in the ground:

Even at a smaller scale than the others, it will still dominate that corner. (SEE: Goodbye quaint neighborhood. Maybe Ballard will run out of lots for this sort of thing, but I’m not holding my breath,

12 Responses to “The Hole Grows Deeper”

  1. Rob A

    Quaint? Wasn’t that house basically abandoned, boarded up, fenced off and covered with grafiti? Sorry, thats not quite anyone’s definition of ‘quaint’…

  2. danb

    Hey there PMD, you got something against yuppies, or condos, or both? Why don’t you tell us how you really feel?

  3. PostModernDecay

    The vandalism happened mostly AFTER it was fenced off and boarded up, within a few months before it was demolished.

  4. flotown

    Why would you want lots to disappear for infill housing development? Maybe I’m confused but isn’t this precisely the type of growth fostered by our comp plan?

  5. dorian gray

    Umm wasn’t this the area that voters approved funds for the civic center/library/park to improve the pedestrian nature of Ballard?

    So with a huge new QFC under construction and Ballard Ave and Market just a couple blocks away..wait no, your right. There is no common sense to the condos selling around there.

  6. PostModernDecay

    I just see density that could compromise what makes the neighborhood unique. It’s about the cultural and economic homogenization of a lot of the city. But more important, as I’ve stated in an earlier post, there is NO plan to move these people in and out every day. Parking is one thing, but Market is already full up during rush hour. Adding more people means adding more cars, and public transportation is several decades behind the population growth. The private end of this growth is not matched by the expansion of the public infrastructure to support it.

  7. PostModernDecay

    More cars on the streets will quickly negate any pedestrian improvements. I walk across Ballard two to four times a day and I nearly get hit twice a month crossing the street either in a crosswalk, or with a walk sign. And it’s getting worse.

  8. dorian gray

    Traffic in PMSA’s virtually always run at maximum capacity -the if-you-build-it-they-will-come paradigm. Adding more just brings more -whether it’s monorail, car lanes etc. Another benefit (which you also seem to detest per your yuppie bit) of mass transit is increased real estate values for properties (especially parcels within a 1 block radius of a stop-node) which will lead to more yuppies! It’s an massive shift of a bid-rent curve for an entire city effectively.

    Be honest. Had the quaint home been your personal lair de PMD, you would have sold for the loot forthwith.

  9. PostModernDecay

    1. Monorail is not coming to Ballard, or anywhere. Someone will always find a way to stop it.

    2. There is no room for more lanes of traffic. Between water and hills we have a rather restrictive geography.

    3. You could add more buses but neither the city or county is bound to do that.

    4. A train line from the U District to the Airport does not effect the vast majority of the city. Any expansion of that will run straight into the standard Seattle mantra of doing nothing decisive. Not being able to move people around effectively will eventually compromise the local economy.

  10. Cale

    PRD @9

    There ARE more buses coming to Ballard

    From Metro’s web site-

    “Ballard: This September a partnership with the city of Seattle takes effect, including an agreement to provide more frequent service on three routes serving Ballard and adjacent neighborhoods. In September, there will be more service on local routes 26, 28 and 44. In 2009, Metro and the city add service on Route 48, followed by additional trips on routes 5 and 75 in 2010.”

    Not to mention RapidRide-

    Next we need light rail. Don’t be so defeatist.

  11. PostModernDecay

    But not the 17, or 18?

    I moved back here from the UK ten years ago, when I first heard about light rail. And they’re still not done with the first phase. London got 2 new lines in half that time. We all know the Robert Moses approach is way too extreme, more so for here. But 10 years seems a bit much when it is still decades behind the city’s growth.

  12. JoshMahar

    I understand that each new condo worries you but Ballard as a whole is certainly not in danger of losing its local characteristics. In fact, getting more people in the area will get more resources for other major projects and restoration work in the area. Ballard as a neighborhood will be fine.

    Sure our transportation system is behind but we need more people riding for anything to go ahead. Have you walked into the downtown transit tunnel, its beautiful, clean, convenient…and completely deserted. When the downtown tunnels are crackin, with newstands and street performers, then we can work on building more public transit, and that day will come soon, mark my words.

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