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Tacoma’s East D Street Bridge and surrounds: A photo essay

August 31, 2008
Dahlias

Dahlias

In our latest quest to discover beauty and quirkiness in East Tacoma, we walked through Freighthouse Square, and found it uncharacteristically uncrowded.  We discovered a dahlia show at the far east end where our caucus assembled in February.  I learned that our huge yellow dahlias are a variety called Narrows Trish.  I met a woman named Marilyn who actually developed the variety.  She tried to explain propagation techniques, but my knowledge of horticulture would fit in a pollen granule.

E. 24th St.

E. 24th St.

We continued walking east from Freighthouse Square, where some find quiet daytime rest.

Transformers are part of our scenery because air is a better insulator than earth, among other reasons.  If they were buried, they would require more insulation and coolant, and cost a lot more.

Transformers are part of our scenery because air is a better insulator than earth, among other reasons. If they were buried, they would require more insulation and coolant, and cost a lot more.

Mordor NW

Mordor NW

 

Tacoma Dome had nothing going on, perhaps a sign of the recession that has for the most part passed over us.

Tacoma Dome had nothing going on, perhaps a sign of the recession that has for the most part passed over us.

The Dome Best Western was as lifeless as the Dome; its parking lot was empty.  Not a great sign for Labor Day weekend.

The Dome Best Western was as lifeless as the Dome; its parking lot was empty. Not a great sign for Labor Day weekend.

For those Clark Kent moments, Katy's Antiques has a phone booth for $3,600.  The shop also has the bookcase of my dreams, but its price is the dealer's dream.

For those Clark Kent moments, Katy's Antiques has this nice phone booth, complete with phone, for $3,600. The shop also has the bookcase of my dreams, but its price is a dealer's dream. Katy's and several other shops left Freighthouse Square and moved to individual locations on E. 26th; reason unknown.

The phone works, but you have to know how to dial.

The phone works, but you have to know how to dial.

 

Bull's Eye sells guns and has an indoor shooting range, but its contribution to public art cannot be overstated.

Bull's Eye sells guns and has an indoor shooting range, but its contribution to public art cannot be overstated.

 

 

The pedestrian/bike section of the new East D Street Bridge.  The bridge is a masterpiece connecting the Dome District to the Foss Waterway Esplanade.

The pedestrian/bike section of the new East D Street Bridge. The bridge is a masterpiece connecting the Dome District to the Foss Waterway Esplanade.

 

Benches along the pedestrian path suggest contemplative enjoyment of the scenery.

Benches along the pedestrian path offer opportunity for contemplative enjoyment of the scenery.

 

The bridge arches over the railway switch yard and turntable so that crossing trains no longer stop traffic.

The bridge arches over the railway switch yard and turntable, so that crossing trains no longer stop traffic.

Foss Waterway and the Esplanade from East D Street Bridge

Foss Waterway and the Esplanade from East D Street Bridge

Where concrete and shadows play

Where concrete and shadows play

 

...and weeds thrive in the filler of the retaining walls.

...and weeds thrive in the gabions.

 

Alfred's Cafe, standing at E. 24th & E. D at least forever.  Contrast is not unusual in Tacoma.

Alfred's Cafe has stood at E. 24th & E. D at least forever, if not longer.

 

This building boasts proximity to East D Street Bridge.

This building boasts proximity to East D Street Bridge.

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One Comment
  1. August 31, 2008 7:30 pm

    Excellent photos. The last one is a veritable and Platonic self-protrait (think shadows on the wall).

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