Will this replace the Denny’s?

Benaroya Companies has not distributed their current design for the 15th and Market development because it has yet to be approved, but late last year Rhapsody Partners — the developers for the Denny’s site — proposed this design to the Northwest Design Review Board:

Called “Market Street Landing,” it’s a mixture of condos and retail, but it did not impress the board. “I don’t see Ballard there at all,” said one board member. It’s unclear if this same design — or something close to it — is in the cards now. My Ballard received an anonymous email with this same design from the “Coalition to Replace Ugly Buildings with Uglier Buildings” — not a real coalition, we imagine, but a joking email to make a point.

The weekend events calendar

– The Greenwood Car Show is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Greenwood Avenue from 72nd Street to 90th Street.
– Seattle Police hosts “Picnic at the Precinct” from 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Meet your local officers and tour the facility. There’s also music, dancing and food. At the North Precinct, 10049 College Way North. More info here (pdf).
– On Saturday the Ballard Northwest Senior Center is hosting a barbecue fundraiser on June 28th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 5429 32nd Ave NW
– The Fremont Outdoor Movies series begins Saturday night. The outdoor theater is in the parking lot at 35th St. and Phinney Ave. The lot opens at 7:30 p.m. every Saturday, and there’s a suggested $5 donation.
– For live music, check out the concert calendars for the Tractor Tavern, Sunset Tavern, The Bit Saloon, High Dive, Conor Byrne and Nectar.

As always, check out our events calendar. And if you have an event to add, just email us at tips@myballard.com and we’ll post it in the calendar.

Fremont’s outdoor movies begin this weekend

The Fremont Outdoor Movies series begins Saturday night with “Superbad” and continues to September 13th. There’s pre-show entertainment from Wing-It Productions and plenty of popcorn and other snacks from local vendors. Some of the movies on the schedule include Juno, Cloverfield, Ghostbusters and an Inconvenient Truth. The outdoor theater is in the parking lot at 35th St. and Phinney Ave. The lot opens at 7:30 p.m. every Saturday, and there’s a suggested $5 donation.

Pick your favorite Ballard T-shirt

Last month, we asked for ideas to create a MyBallard.com T-shirt, and we received over 100 submissions. Now, after a horribly unscientific process (a bottle of Chardonnay was involved), we’ve narrowed them down to 9 options (we added some, too.) In each case — except for “Remember Edith” — we’ll display MyBallard.com in smaller letters under the slogan (see example). You can vote for more than one option, but you can vote only once. And as promised, we’ll send a free T-shirt to whoever came up with the idea.

(Oddly, the poll doesn’t reflect your results until you refresh the page. And if it’s not loading in the first place, hit refresh, too.) Once the votes are in, we’ll make the shirts available for sale at cost. And if you have any other T-shirt ideas, feel free to post ’em in comments below.

Car crashes into Phinney yard


Quite the scene this morning on Phinney Ridge when this black Toyota Corolla jumped the curb, knocked over a street sign and ended up in someone’s yard. It happened at 10:30 a.m. on Fremont Ave. N. near 67th St. A neighbor said she heard several loud crashes like the Corolla had hit several cars on the street. No word on the driver’s condition. (Thanks for the picture, Amy!)

Big car show in Greenwood this Saturday

Called the “granddaddy” of Seattle collector car shows, the annual Greenwood Car Show is this Saturday. Last year, 20,000 people jammed Greenwood Ave. from 70th to 87th St. for the big event. While the vintage and muscle cars always draw a crowd, this year a showcase of alternative fuel cars — from electric to biodiesel — certainly will be a popular addition. There will also be local bands playing at 79th St. as well as entertainment for the kids up and down the Ave. Starts at 10 a.m. and runs to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

File photo from GreenwoodCarShow.com. More here.

Denny’s lawsuit will be dismissed

Now that the Denny’s has been demolished, Benaroya Companies will dismiss its lawsuit against the city’s Landmarks Board, reports Crosscut’s Knute Berger. No surprise there. Meanwhile, a Seattle PI reporter standing in front of the demolished Denny’s says she “couldn’t find one happy passerby,” and she discovered this plastic bag attached to the fence.

Her unofficial survey, of course, doesn’t represent some of the views expressed over the last few days in comments on My Ballard, the Seattle PI and other blogs, as well. (Thanks Kristjan for sending us a photo of the sign!)

Also: Another “Flee Ballard” bumper sticker sighting.