Wind blows trash cans, knocks out power

First the snow was too deep for garbage trucks, now the wind is blowing trash and garbage cans all over the place.

We had to run around the neighborhood looking for our glass recycling bin (which is still missing), while a neighbor looked for his lid. Thankfully our garbage had already been picked up. We received this email from Steve:

There is a LOT of trash blown all over the streets and yards everywhere I drove in Ballard and Greenwood and Phinney today. The city is not going to clean it up so it’s up to all of us to take care of the stuff we can see around our homes and streets.

Update: About 1,500 customers in Crown Hill and Blue Ridge lost power for a couple hours this afternoon due to the high winds.

The melted snow reveals nasty potholes

As you may have noticed, potholes are springing up (or dropping down) all over Ballard. And these aren’t your usual variety.

We found this one on Leary just in front of Zaw Pizza. It’s so deep, you can see the old brick road underneath. The city says that the Pothole Rangers are out filling the many potholes around Seattle. If you’d like to let the city know about a pothole you can use this form or call 206-684-ROAD (7623.) And if you’ve seen a particularly nasty pothole, let everyone know below…

Most popular Ballard stories of 2008

It’s been a very big year for Ballard. A year of change led by tremendous growth in a red-hot real estate market followed by an economic recession. A year pitting developers against preservationists, and in one case, an 86-year-old woman. And a year in which “Old Ballard” and “New Ballard,” for better or worse, became part of the neighborhood lexicon. We dug through our traffic stats to find the most popular Ballard stories of 2008, and while you may be able to guess many of them, there are a few surprises in there…

Garbage, recycling pickup… finally

After missing last week, Seattle garbage collectors will be making their regularly-scheduled rounds in many Ballard neighborhoods today (Monday).

A recording on PUD’s line (684-3000) says contractors will focus on garbage and recycling pickup over yard waste. Driving around Ballard, though, we see most people putting everything on the curb, just in case. “Customers whose collections have been delayed by a week can set out double their normal amount of garbage at no additional charge,” explains Seattle Public Utilities. “When setting out extra waste, customers are encouraged to place perishable food items in their collection containers and set bagged non-perishable items next to the containers.” (Thanks Chud for the clarification!)

New restaurants added to My Ballard

We’ve been a little slow responding to your email and adding new restaurants to our directory, but we just published a new batch: Anita’s, Bad Alberts, Ballard Brothers, Cocina Esperanza, Lockspot Cafe, People’s Pub, Pho Than Brothers, Ristorante Picolinos, Sopranos and Veraci Pizza. Have an opinion of any of them? Please leave a review. We now have 61 Ballard restaurants in our directory, and we’re starting to add bars, as well. Coffeehouses and bakeries, coming soon. (Thanks everyone for your email!)

The People’s Pub

The People’s Pub (German)
5429 Ballard Ave NW (map)
(206) 783-6521 “Look beyond the dark curtains and scruffy paper signs visible from the street and you’ll be rewarded with hearty German food, a nice selection of European beer and dangerously good deep-fried pickles.””If you’re looking for the kind of hearty fare Germans use to power through dark, cold winters, the People’s Pub’s Kraut-friendly menu may be just what you need.”