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Walked 3.65 Miles – Ladd’s Addition

Posted on Nov 17, 2013 in Brooklyn, Hipstamatic, Ladd's Addition, Portland Progress, Walks | 0 comments

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It’s been over 2 months since I went on a photo walk. I am still run/walking a 5k three days a week before work. I clocked about 30 miles for the month of October and I’ve already done 23 miles in November. This morning routine of walking 2 minutes and running 1 minute is working out better than I could have ever hoped for. My leg pain is practically gone (knock on wood) and I am actually enjoying running – something I thought I would never in a million years say.

I was so happy to get out today and walk. Now that it’s dark before and after work, I can only go on photos walks on the weekends. We all know how busy weekends can be especially during this time of year. Luckily, today I had a break in my schedule, so I headed out to check on the MAX progress and then on to Ladd’s Addition.

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I have been watching the progress down 17th like a hawk. Things are starting to sort of look done. Hopefully construction around my house will be complete in the next couple of  months. This is the 17th street overpass over Powell. Soon I’ll be able to walk from here down to the waterfront without really having to deal with traffic (besides a few pedestrian crossings at lights).

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I used the pedestrian underpass along Powell for the very first time since it re-opened. It is definitely less scary than it used to be. The sidewalks are wider and it feels more open. There are lots of lights which will help keep it safer at night. I’m hoping this stays a viable way to get to the Clinton/Division neighborhood.

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One major problem with this underpass previously was the several switchbacks that made it very dangerous, because you couldn’t see far in front of you. Lots of questionable folks made a habit of hanging out there. It was just too scary for me (and most of the  neighborhood) to walk through, even though I would have to walk about a half mile further to gain access to Clinton. Now there is just this one and it’s much more open and visible. I think it’s a good improvement.

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I’m glad the underpass is so much better, because the alternate route is now gone. The Gideon pedestrian bridge is no longer. It was still standing a few days ago and now you can’t tell that a bridge was ever there. The skate park is also gone. I’m sad about the loss of both of these structures. I’m hoping that the skate park will come back. Since it’s on the other side of the train tracks, it isn’t in the way of the MAX line. It will be curious to see what happens to this spot.

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And adding to injury, this beautiful street mural which was painted only over a year ago has been wrecked due to all the construction. Progress is a wonderful thing. I’m hoping by the time all of the construction is done, this street will be fixed and re-painted.

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Why I Wake Early, by Mary Oliver

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It’s been a while since I visited Ladd’s Addition, so I had to make sure I walked down some alleys.

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I’m so curious about the story of these rabbits. I have walked past them several times. They are always just chilling in the front yard right by the sidewalk.

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I missed walking past Halloween decorations this year. It was nice to see a few pumpkins still out.

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When I was walking home, I realized that I was only a block a way from Gnome Chomsky. Of course,  I had to go see if he was still there. I’m so glad he is and he’s even in a new location in the yard.

 

 

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