- Posted April 28, 2014 by
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Seattle's Colorful Stretch of Street
North Aurora Avenue occupies a 12-mile stretch of Seattle's State Route 99. Priuses, Porches and pick-up trucks plow past Spandexed cyclists as well as the good, the bad, the ugly, and the wonderfully tacky shops offered.
Mercedes and other luxury auto dealers cluster along the route's northern reaches. Slightly south one might spot another kind of dealer, also street walkers shuffling past abandoned, crumbling motels tagged with spray paint, their rooms' lurid secrets buried, like their plaster, in ruins. Big box stores find solace from such seediness, with their large glass doors tucked behind their expansive parking lots that serve to buffer bargain buyers from the sometimes mean streets.
Pictured here, along North Aurora's 7000 block, garish signs and other mounted eye-catchers advertising pubs, grocers, gift shops, salons, and abandoned ma & pa's, seem to delight in wooing commuters to slow down and stop in.
But don't be fooled. A three-bedroom house in this upscale hood is seldom found for under a half-million dollars.
Photos by Steve Shay, Seattle.