Monday, October 15, 2007
Looking east down West Burnside, from NW 22nd Avenue
Remember the "Shades of Blue" post from Sept. 6? Here's another view of Jim Fisher Volvo, looking east down West Burnside. The car dealership fills this entire building--new cars on the first floor behind showroom windows, cars being worked on by mechanics on some of the upper floors, and used cars in a small lot beneath the bright lights and the dark blue Certified Pre-Owned Cars sign. In addition to this building on the corner, there are several other smaller buildings attached to it that are a part of the dealership. Some mornings when I don't walk but four or five blocks, I catch a bus at the TriMet shelter near the traffic signal.
Did you notice the shiny spot at the top of the building? I don't know what the light source is, but I do know that the gray-looking portion of the walls is actually a sort of sea foam green ceramic tile--at least that's what I think it is. It's a classy, soothing color that serves Jim Fisher Volvo well.
Remember the Sept. 29th post, ""For you, a part of what I see walking to work"? That same triangular-shaped building is visible just down the hill from Jim Fisher, at the intersection of SW 20th Place, SW Morrison, and West Burnside. The lights that go around the corner of the building look neat to me--I have a thing for strings of lights.
The high-rise in the distance is The Civic. At their Web site, they report: "The Civic is a sixteen story condo tower situated next to PGE park and the MAX station. It features approx 261 units configured as 196 one bedroom lofts, 56 two bedroom homes and 9 penthouses. This is a highly energy efficient building that LEED certifed Gold. The Civic features a public plaza, a very nice lobby, secured entry and underground parking." I found condos in the building listed from $225,000-$700,000 on another Web site. I guess someone has bought one of the units as an investment. Here's part of an ad I found on Craigslist--I did not edit or make any grammatical corrections in the ad: "$2995 / 2br - New Urban Condo with deck and views Amazing loft has never been lived! 2 large bedrooms, 2 baths, dining area, Living area, Deck, Laundry closet, and 2 Car Parking. Cherry Hardwoods, Stainless Steel countertops, Stainless Appliances, Gas Cooking, Expansive views of Downtown, and the Pearl . Lease terms are flexible."
I took this photo about 5:45 p.m., just after getting off the bus in front of the Goodwill Store which is at NW 22nd Avenue and West Burnside. You get a really good idea of how quickly Burnside gets steeper and steeper since it left the Willamette River behind, at least 22 blocks to the east. As it heads west, on up the hill behind me as I stood there taking this photo, Burnside rises to 900 feet or so rather quickly.
That person you can barely make out in the center front of the photo is jay-walking, which is always dangerous but even more so during the morning and evening drive time.
P.S. If you want to see the rest of the photos from the Blazers' game, please click on the link to my other blog, Mama and Me from PDX. Thanks!