Sunday, November 27, 2011

The 2011 Old North Leaf Fall Begins, Nov. 19-20 (98)

The Old North is blessed with a robust “urban forest” (aka “a lot of trees”).

Our predecessors planted that forest and we bask in their legacy.

This last weekend--Saturday-Sunday Nov. 19-20--the great yearly fall “leaf fall” began in earnest.

Walking one of my dogs on some Old North streets Monday evening, November 21, I was impressed that the avalanche of leaves on sidewalks of the previous two days was by and large swept up.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The 5th Street No-Man’s-Land (95)

One of the pleasures of being a dog walker is that I ramble the Davis streets often and on foot. This means that I see close-up places some others only glimpse from a speeding car.

Because I live in the Old North, one area I see closely is the north side of Fifth Street from F to Miller.  Although almost a half mile long, it contains only ten residences. The greatest portion of it consists of three block-long stretches belonging to a church, a school district and the city government.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Turkey Trot Soft Language Masks Hard Towing Threat (94)


The November 6th flyer from the Davis Turkey Trot organizers some of us received says:
“. . . we ask that each of the residents please refrain from parking on 6th Street between C and E Street from 6:00am to 9:15am.”

Responding to the November 6th post on this event on this blog, Dan Quickert observed:
“that parking restriction appears from the wording to be optional . . . “

Well, Dan, we now know the reality.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Google Earth Finally Changes “Old Davis North” to Old North Davis (93)


Readers of this blog will recall that last April and May some of us participated in an effort to get Google Earth to change its erroneous name “Old Davis North” to the correct Old North Davis. (These postings are listed in image 2.)

Time has gone by and it looked like our efforts affected Google maps but not Google Earth.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Why is the G Street Shop Strip Vacancy Rate So High? (92)


The closing of the Sweet Briar bookstore in the G Street strip of shops draws attention to the wider phenomenon of business closings there.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Davis Turkey Trot To Use Old North B, C, E Streets November 19th (91)

The flyer posted here appeared on my porch Sunday, November 6. It informs Old North people that a number of them will not be able to use the street in front of their houses for some periods on November 19th. Going by past Turkey Trot events, it also means that  out-of-town crowds will be ever-more visible over larger portions of the Old North.

Reconfigured Old North Homes Number Two: 507 F (90)

Before, View 1
This is the second in a series of posts in which I describe “historic period” Old North homes that have been “reconfigured “ (redesigned? remodeled?).  620 D was the first home in the series. It is post 40, published July 8, 2011.

507 F was built in 1917. Three views of it “before” are shown here as: Before, View 1; Before, View 2; and Before, View 3.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A Refurbished 503 E Street Is Now For Rent (89)

503 E Street, the historic Asmundson home at E & 5th St. built in 1923, has recently undergone a quite significant process of refurbishment and is now ready to rent.

As a person living on 503 E’s faceblock, I am of course interested in who the new neighbors might be. I hope a notice on this blog might bring 503 E’s availability to the attention of people who are familiar with and appreciative of the Old North.

The rental posting for the house reads: