Caelen Ball

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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.
It's been a long haul since the November kick-off, but wait until you see what over a hundred volunteers mapped over 1,000+ hours and what it reveals. There's an extraordinary amount of historic buildings in Greater Ballard. The maps created from all the data (7,300+ structures, 14,600 photos) include the...
For years, the Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission has tried to conserve phone number batches within the (206), (253), (360), and (425) area codes from exhaustion, and the effort was largely successful leading to the commission to shelve a new area code overlay expansion plan in 2000s. But...
It’s time to hit the streets for the survey portion of the Mapping Historic Ballard portion of the Department of Neighborhood’s Small & Simple Grant to Ballard Historical Society. Mapping Historic Ballard is a community effort to document the rich history of Ballard architecture and provide guidance for preservation of...
Hey fellow 12s! Here is a quick ELO summary of the 2015 season and wildcard game for your Seattle Seahawks. By Fivethirtyeight’s week-to-week ELO score, the Seahawks are the best team of the four NFC contenders heading into Sunday’s 10 AM game in Charlotte, North Carolina. Actually, they would be...
Now that Lynnwood’s FEIS has been published, transit nerds can get a look at the likely outcome for station locations, cost and alignment. Here are the big takeaways: Segment A (Preferred Alternative) Two stations at NE 145th and NE 185th – 130th station would be an addition. Estimated 2035 ridership of 12,600...

Seahawks Strength

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAyzqMhd2i4 It’s the NFC Championship fellow Urbanists! I’m sure you’ve all noticed that the Town has been electric since Thanksgiving when the Hawks started their current 7 game win playoff run. The Green Bay Packers are guests in our house at 12:05 PM today and it’s going to be a...
Image: Preliminary schematic of a Market Street and 17th Avenue subway station (Sound Transit's Corridor D) in Central Ballard. Just a reminder that this Thursday (November 6th), the City of Seattle's Department of Planning and Development (DPD) will present their initial strategies to better guide development in the Ballard core. Their...

Destination: Ballard

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The mini-neighborhoods that make up Greater Ballard (Central, Adams, Sunset Hill, Loyal Heights, Whittier Heights, and West Woodland) together form an incredible place. Ballard is a neighborhood with beautiful people, parks, markets, restaurants, night life, and supreme views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains. So it’s no surprise that...