Saturday turned out to be a great morning for a walking tour in Ballard. The sun was out, our group was engaged, and the streets were relatively quiet. Standing in as our tour guide was Caelen Ball. He gave a well rounded look into Old Ballard and New Ballard. Tour commentary was a mix of neighborhood history and landmarks, zoning and land use policy, building trends and architecture, community amenities, and ongoing neighborhood discussions about the Ballard of today and tomorrow. For those you who couldn’t make it out for the walk, here are some of the highlights from the tour in tweets:

Thanks to all of you who joined us for the tour! If you have feedback on how to improve it, feel free to send it our way. Stay tuned for future tours and events!

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Stephen is an urban planner with a passion for promoting sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He advocates for smart policies, regulations, and implementation programs that enhance urban environments by committing to quality design, accommodating growth, providing a diversity of housing choices, and adequately providing public services. Stephen primarily writes about land use and transportation issues.
Caelen is a third generation son of Ballard. When he was in high school, his parents moved the family out to beautiful Bainbridge Island where he found himself missing urban life--homesickness for Seattle continued on into his college pursuits. Classically trained in structural engineering with an emphasis in earthquake design, he loves steel, glass, and concrete. He primarily writes about Ballard land use (hopefully home to future TOD) and Sound Transit packages, both emphasizing long-range planning.