UNDER ThE montlake bridge
with William Penington
Under the Montlake Bridge is where this all started. Most Seattlites I've met over the last 8 years do not know you can go underneath...but all I did was follow the steps. It doesn't take a lot to find interesting places in Seattle...all you need is time (which everyone denies having), and a little bit of curiosity.
It also doesn't take a Robert Frost poem shoved down your face since you were a kid to realize the best things in life aren't on the map, and that you should take the road you really want to travel. I won't take you to obvious places, and if that's what you were looking for, I suggest a different site for you to read; one that glosses over the little nooks and crannies that this fine city has to offer. (There are many) I'm not gonna lecture you on the brilliance and beauty of this city, but I will take you to the lesser known places, and perhaps help you understand what this city is all about, inch by inch, block by block.
Originally, I thought about trying to write for the Stranger or Seattle Weekly or another Seattle publication, but have found an unrestricted and uncensored home here. Before I got here, hereinseattle.com was a half set up site for all the "major" events in Seattle. I quickly pounced when I saw they had given up. So...whoever you are, previous site owner, thank you for failing.
I hope you enjoy getting to know and understand Seattle the way I do. Never content with typical interesting places, I yearn for the beyond interesting, and intend to share what I find. My podcast, also called Here in Seattle, can be found on iTunes, is in small 5 minute episodes, always recorded on location.
I do this for free, so that others can extract what they will from their city. This is YOUR city, and you should explore it, because it will change right before your eyes, as character is torn down and replaced with something you may not enjoy as much. Some of my favorite hole in the wall places have already been replaced by something new, or re-branded entirely. This is a time for many changes in this city, as the final dirty cracks and crevices are smoothed and polished. It seems there isn't a block anymore that is forgotten by developers.
I yearn for those dirty places, where the tile floor is coming unglued, or the paint is peeling off the walls. Character, to me, is a scar, or a scratch on a table, or a tear in your jeans, or a dent in your car. This character makes Seattle unique, and sets it slightly apart from the rest. Some restaurant signs remain old and cracked, but you would never see a McDonalds sign that is broken for very long. To me, this is a small tragedy. Those imperfections help give places character and a certain type of beauty you can't find anywhere else.
This is a writing project and experiment, and I hope you enjoy and explore as much as you feel the need to.
Under the Bridge D'Montlake, you'll find the perfect spot for taking a date, have fun watching the boats go by, and listening to the cars buzz overhead.
Montlake Bridge: 24th Ave and the Montlake cut (Technically the address is "Montlake Blvd E, Seattle WA")