Foreclosure in The Highlands – But Sales Are Improving

The Highlands SeattleA week ago Sunday, the Seattle Times wrote and article about a foreclosure in The Highlands.  The article titled, The Highlands Can’t Keep Out Foreclosures, is buried at the bottom of the first article about the proxy fight at Fisher.  Maybe, I should have left the article buried there?  The article is not all bad though.  It does draw attention to the foreclosure of the one home, but it also talks about all The Highlands has to offer.  It also points out that while things are not perfect (ex. the foreclosure), that sales have been improving since 2009.  The article quotes Jane Powers, real estate broker from Ewing & Clark:

They [The Highlands] didn’t have much luck in 2009, the broker [Jane Powers] reports — not a single home sold. But since January 2010, she says, 11 houses have closed or are under contract. “I think they’re out of the worst of it,” Powers says.

Click the following link to see what homes are available for sale in The Highlands.

50th Anniversary of Groundbreaking for Space Needle

Space NeedleThe Seattle Times printed an article today about Seattle’s Space Needle and how it came to be.  50 years ago they broke ground to have it ready one year later for the World’s Fair.  Click the link to read the article on the 50th year Space Needle celebration and some of the history around it.  You can also read about some of The Highlands’ residents who were instrumental in making the Space Needle a reality.

Watch Out! Speeding Tickets on the Way to The Highlands

Seattle PoliceUnder the guise of safety, Seattle Police justified a way to make more money: speeding tickets en masse.  Of course, that is just if I am being cynical.  Thursday police gave over 677 tickets to 509 drivers on Aurora Avenue.  They did give almost 200 people warnings instead of tickets (Did they realize how much money they left on the table?  At least 2oo tickets x $100 = $200,000).  The police had set up a command center at 125th and Aurora and had over 50 police officers involved.  Thursday was only the beginning of a two year project to improve “safety” along Aurora – so continue to drive carefully, obey the speed limit, and do not use your cell phone.  Not to say Aurora is the safest street.  Between April 2005 and March 2008, 1,581 collisions occurred on Aurora from the Battery Street Tunnel and North 145h Street.

I would say ride a bike, but they gave two tickets to bicyclist as well (see break down of tickets here).  So whether by car or by bike, please be careful driving to and from The Highlands if you are using Seattle’s Aurora Avenue.  Better yet just be careful no matter which way you go.