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April 28, 2009 12:01 AM

Taking a gander at Aurora Avenue

Posted by Gabriel Campanario

Sketched April 21, 11:16 a.m. [View larger]

When I prepared to move to Seattle three years ago and read "Aurora Avenue" on the map, I thought that must be a nice street. Aurora, which means dawn in Spanish, is a beautiful name. I was wrong. People actually advised against moving near it. So when I recently read Bremerton Mayor Cary Bozeman's statement that Seattle should get rid of all Aurora's "visual garbage," I smiled. He was right. And the ugliness extends all the way to Snohomish County. I've found only one nicely-landscaped portion in Shoreline. The rest looks more like this "average" ugly intersection at 86th Street. Are there any other spots in Seattle that hurt your eyes? They may deserve a sketch before they get a makeover.

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