Sunday Video: A Farm Remains

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Despite nearly a century of growth and change, a farm remains in Rainier Beach, but you almost wouldn’t know it.

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Stephen is an urban planner with a passion for sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He is especially interested in how policies, regulations, and programs can promote positive outcomes for communities. Stephen lives in Kenmore and primarily covers land use and transportation issues for The Urbanist.

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Al Dimond

I’ve actually been down this block a few times and never guessed it was a horse farm… I guess I just assumed it was some open space on the top of the cliff. Interesting. The southern half of Seattle is a lot more sliced-up than the northern half, particularly by big north-south-running boundaries… and it makes for odd little pockets like this that are off the beaten path without being that far away. And I guess the fact that it’s been farther from financial development pressure has helped keep it “weird” — I’ve seen little almost-dead-end pockets all over the city (it’s one of the things I do as a long-distance runner to keep things interesting), and mostly they might have cool views or nice houses but look pretty similar to neighboring blocks. Of course, there’s also got to be a personal story behind this particular lot, too!