Last of graffiti removed from Counterbalance Park

Yesterday, Saturday, February 27, Parks and Recreation crews removed the last of the graffiti sprawled over the concrete walls at Counterbalance Park almost three weeks ago.

Reader Cliff Cooper sent in these photos. He wrote,

It looks as though the left side is completely clean, but there clearly having difficulty removing from the corrugated siding.

Through most of the graffiti is gone, there is still a faint indication of the paint on the metal siding. The majority of the tags were removed the day after the vandalism took place, however because the concrete walls were only sealed up to 11 feet high, it has taken this long to remove the remainder.

(Thanks to Cliff Cooper for the pictures and tip!)

Slick substance causes trouble on Bertona

At around 4:30 p.m. today, Friday, February 26, we received an email from a reader informing us of some traffic issues on Bertona. Charlie writes,

My bosses husband just called and said that cars were getting stuck going up Bertona. Apparently a slick substance spilled on the road way and it is making it difficult for cars to make it up the hill.

We’re not sure if the scene has been cleared yet (I’m out of town or I’d go check), so if you’re driving on or near Bertona, keep on the look out for traffic. If you have more information on the rumored spill, please comment below or email us at

Should Seattle change or stagger closing times?

Publicola published an interesting story yesterday that raised the question of whether or not Seattle should extend the current closing time from 2 to 4 a.m. across the board, or stagger times throughout the city in an attempt to improve public safety. From Publicola,

The theory is that by encouraging staggered closing times, the thousands of customers who roll out onto the street at  am would be dispersed over the night. This would take pressure off of SPD, allowing them to do better, more focused enforcement. It would also help curb drunk driving (at 2 am there is little taxi cab availability due to the spiked demand for cabs with everyone settling up at the same time.) There would also be less concentration of noise on the streets at 2am solving one of the most frequent complaints from downtown residents. And of course with an increase in operating hours comes an increase in revenue (and jobs) for bars, and in turn, more revenue to the State and City.

Many cities across the country have started extending liquor service to 3 and 4 a.m., while a few have tried 24-hour service, including Birmingham, Alabama, Atlantic City, Memphis and the entire states of Nevada and Louisiana. Read Publicola’s full story here.

Since both Lower and Upper Queen Anne have a large bar and lounge presence, there’s no doubt the hill would be greatly affected by any change to the city’s current closing time. So, Queen Anne, what do you think? Should Seattle keep closing time at 2 a.m., extend it, or stagger it? Do you think this would improve safety in the neighborhood?

Toulouse Petit ups the happy hour stakes

Toulouse Petit has just announced its extended happy hour times and menu. After running $5 meals on weekday mornings through January in celebration of its new breakfast service, the New Orleans French Quarter restaurant decided to make what they call the “breakfast happy hour” a permanent fixture, offering almost anything on the menu for $6 between 9 and 11 a.m.

In addition, their two afternoon and evening happy hours, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., have been expanded to include drink specials, over 50 menu items, and the entire dessert menu for $5 or less.

For more info, check out Toulouse Petit’s Facebook page.

It’s Polar Science Weekend at the Science Center

Looking for something fun to do over this drizzly weekend? Wrap up and head down to the Pacific Science Center for Polar Science Weekend, now through Sunday, February 28. The Science Center has teamed up with the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Laboratory to bring four days of demonstrations, exhibits and talks for families, kids and citizen scientists interested in learning more about the poles.

The Science Center touts that the weekend’s events are “a rare opportunity to dive head first into the mysterious and somewhat unknown world of polar science featuring interactive exhibits and a chance to talk with some of the nation’s top polar scientists.”

Demonstrations and lectures include, Ice Under Fire; The Sky Tonight with Feature Focus on the Poles; Polar Bears and Beluga Whales of the Arctic with Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.

The Polar Ice Weekend exhibit at the Pacific Science Center opens at 10 a.m. daily. For more information, check out their website.

Final weekend for zoo Night Exhibit

This is the final weekend to enjoy the Night Exhibit at the Woodland Park Zoo.

(Photo by Ryan Hawk, Woodland Park Zoo.)

The zoo announced earlier this year that they must close the exhibit as a cost-cutting measure.

“The exhibit’s final closure date will be March 1, 2010,” the zoo website states. Some animals will be transferred to other exhibits at Woodland Park, others will be sent to other zoos.