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‘Proposed’ mix use castle/condo for Ballard

Posted by Geeky Swedes on October 15th, 2010

Updated: Now this is clever Halloween decor:

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Turns out longtime MyBallard reader Gurple is behind the sign. He adds in comments, “I designed the thing in Inkscape and had it printed up at Kinkos (well, FedEx Office, I guess) and mounted on foam core. They do good work! I hope the winds don’t come up and blow it around the neighborhood, though.” He tells us that neighbors had to take a second look when the sign first went up, “The initial shock, then the curiosity, then the slow revelation, then the belly laughs,” he emailed us. (Thanks Emily for the tip!)

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27 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 Anonymous // Oct 15, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    At least he’s following the permit process.

  • 2 Anonymous // Oct 15, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Though in all reality, I bet the city has some sort of law against falsifying these types of signs. Can just see it now… someone will report him and the city will fine him (a la Monkey Puzzle Tree).

    Oh the lovely city we live in… at least some still have a sense of humor :)

  • 3 nayarosen // Oct 15, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    will this include an “Urban Rest Stop” as well?

  • 4 Anonymous // Oct 15, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    There’s no mention of the moat!

    I hope the city doesn’t try to get the artist into trouble. It’s too funny.

  • 5 Guest // Oct 15, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    A basin to wash the blood out of your fangs?

  • 6 msballard30 // Oct 15, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    I certainly hope they remembered to get the appropriate permits from the Department of Ecology for the preparation and pouring of hot vots of burning oil down the sides of the castle walls to guard against marauding condo owners.

  • 7 MorgH // Oct 15, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Thats not a moat, it’s a rain garden.

  • 8 UncleSnuffy // Oct 15, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Where’s the bike path?

  • 9 cyn.howell // Oct 15, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Finally, some new development in Ballard I can get behind.

  • 10 McCarvel // Oct 15, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    “One thing about living in Ballard I never could stomach – all the damn vampires.”

  • 11 Reinopower // Oct 15, 2010 at 5:14 pm


  • 12 Anonymous // Oct 15, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    That’s me! I designed the thing and had it printed up at Kinkos (well, FedEx Office, I guess) and mounted on foam core. They do good work! I hope the winds done come up and blow it around the neighborhood, though.

    I’ve gotten some fantastic reactions from neighbors. I hope the DPD doesn’t see it and get fussy….

  • 13 Anonymous // Oct 15, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    I’m sort of worried about that, bmvaughn, but I suspect they’d start by just asking me to take it down. My architect friend insists that, if they did sue me, I could simply show the sign to the judge and he’d rule in my favor on the grounds that it’s funny.

  • 14 Guest2 // Oct 15, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Just curious…is the Project # related to the Glenn Miller song (Pennsylvania 6-5000)?

  • 15 Anonymous // Oct 15, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    One degree removed, yes. I was referencing the 1985 Jeff Goldblum vehicle _Transylvania 6-5000_. Which I haven’t actually seen, so I feel like kind of a poser.

  • 16 Anonymous // Oct 15, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    My hope as well :)

  • 17 Stapler // Oct 15, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    I hope he doesn’t plan to set up werewolf traps in the yard. Think of the poor neighborhood children and cats he’d be endangering.

  • 18 me // Oct 15, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    As a 9 year old, I loved that movie. Not so sure what I would think about it if I watched it now though :P Although, Jeff Goldblum and Ed Begley Jr. with a smattering of Carol Kane and Geena Davis is what the 80s were all about. Love the sign, very creative!

  • 19 maggiehood // Oct 15, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Oh, the moat is over in front of Ballard Blocks, surely you’ve seen it!

  • 20 HouseofClams // Oct 15, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    If Vlad’s project can lure Eric Northman to Ballard, place me in the pro-vamp camp.

  • 21 ethel // Oct 15, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    “It will have Vlad, they say, Ballard will have Vlad,
    Stones have been known to move and trees to speak.”

  • 22 Sarakathleenh // Oct 16, 2010 at 1:16 am


  • 23 Silver // Oct 16, 2010 at 3:51 am

    Gurple – you are my hero!!

  • 24 antiuser // Oct 16, 2010 at 5:42 am

    Maybe ol’ Vlad will rid us of the Ballard Buffer?

  • 25 Ballardian_Jones // Oct 16, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Ditto for Sookie!!! 8^p””””””

  • 26 Lalala // Oct 17, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Yes because judges are known for their sense of humor taking precedence over law.

  • 27 Liberty // Oct 19, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    It does not mention any city department. Doesn’t sound like fraud.

    I would think the 1st amendment would be strong enough to protect this type of speech too.

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