Wednesday I attended the Downtown on the Go Walking Tour of
Hilltop in late afternoon weather. The
rain let up after we had walked awhile. While the walkers gathered I did a 30-second
video which included KOMO news people whose report appeared Thursday morning. I shared my video on Facebook.
At the Catholic Community Center we could glimpse the new
building named for Father William Bichsel.
Father Bichsel had been long a treasure in the community.
Our stops were People’s Park, the State Armory, Catholic
Community Services, The Valhalla Hall (next door to the Clinic), and the People’s
Center, where we had a glimpse of the new pool which opens later this month. The snack at the Center was from the Red Elm Café,
which is staged to open this autumn at the Kellogg-Sicker Building at the site
the Economy Drug and later Browne’s Star Grill (moved from a downtown location
after Urban Renewal).
Council Member Keith Blocker, who also guided the August 27th
tour, guided the tour on September 7, along with Downtown On The Go Tour
Guides. The History Guide for the Hilltop Neighborhood Walking Tour, Gerald Eysaman, who was
the guide who led the tour in 1995 (or 1996) was not the guide for the Downtown
On The Go Hilltop History Walk. It had been great to hear his
presentation on August 27, 2016, and to go along with a History Walk with the