2-27-10

February 28, 2010 at 3:56 am | Posted in alaska, anchorage, photo du jour | Leave a comment
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Blanket toss, Downtown Anchorage.

2-24-10

February 28, 2010 at 3:53 am | Posted in alaska, anchorage, photo du jour | Leave a comment
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Street tree, Glenn Hwy.

2-22-10

February 24, 2010 at 5:04 am | Posted in alaska, anchorage, photo du jour | Leave a comment
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Alley and apartment above auto shop, Fairview.

2-21-10

February 24, 2010 at 5:00 am | Posted in anchorage, photo du jour | Leave a comment
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Caged Impala.

2-20-10

February 21, 2010 at 1:07 am | Posted in alaska, anchorage, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Detail of barrel sauna made by Kachemak Cooperage.

2-19-10

February 21, 2010 at 1:04 am | Posted in photo du jour, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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It had to happen...

2-18-10

February 21, 2010 at 1:02 am | Posted in anchorage, architecture and design, photo du jour | Leave a comment
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Late '70s vintage concrete condo, south Anchorage.

Bike to work with the mayor

February 18, 2010 at 5:31 am | Posted in biking, politics | 3 Comments
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Ran across this item yesterday at Bike Commute Tips.  Tried to put the video up here but couldn’t do it last night after an hour of trying.  WordPress supports a few different players, but not the one StreetFilms uses… there was another way to back-door it in via Vodpod but that had its own problems.  Since I’m too cheap to get the $57 annual upgrade to support all video types [I’d do it, if this blog was getting hundreds of hits per day instead of 10 to 20], I gave up.

Ya sure… anyway… do go to StreetFilms and watch the short video of Seattle mayor Mike McGinn biking to work.  It is totally worth it!  I know nothing of McGinn’s politics, but I am aware that he beat two other candidates who were a lot better funded, in a close three-way race.  He makes biking 6.5 miles from his house in the Greenwood neighborhood to City Hall downtown look like a piece of cake — even while it’s obvious it isn’t.  I biked around Seattle extensively in Summer ’08 when I was photographing alleys, and while it was delightful it was also challenging and obstacle-laden.  Anchorage is a lot easier.

Conservatives are fond of telling commies like me that we have “Portland envy” or “Seattle envy”.  There are aspects of both these places I find compelling, even precious.  But they have major issues with pollution, crowding and congestion and high cost of living — without the access to wilderness that Anchorage offers.

But what I appreciate about them is a desire to improve.  Look at McGinn’s ‘Ideas for Seattle’ site, and try to imagine these suggestions coming from Anchorage residents.  Or do I sell Anchorage short?  Maybe a little.  You’ll never see our current mayor, Dan Sullivan riding a bike to work — but on the other hand, the days I ride I have plenty of company on the paths, side streets and arterials.

McGinn is still in the honeymoon phase — but if he makes good on listening to suggestions submitted directly from citizens, and flattens the pyramidal control structure a little, and makes good on various populist principles — he will enjoy a long and productive run.  I love the guy.

2-17-10

February 18, 2010 at 4:24 am | Posted in anchorage, architecture and design, photo du jour | Leave a comment
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This curved glass makes me look 18 again.

2-16-10

February 17, 2010 at 8:06 am | Posted in anchorage, photo du jour | Leave a comment
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Downtown skyline from the boat launch.

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