Madison Park Blogger Blog Posts

  • Hail and Farewell!
    on Jan 4, 2016 in Blogging
    Blogger decamps to Santa FeValedictory Posting by Bryan TagasThis is my final posting as the Madison Park Blogger.  For six years, beginning in April 2009, it was my joy, privilege, and occasional burden to be a purveyor of n...
  • SR-520 Arboretum ramps finally coming down
    on Dec 30, 2015 in Arboretum SR-520
    Western exit from 520 to be replaced January 6It's been well over five years since Madison Park first learned that the Arboretum ramps to and from the 520 floating bridge would ultimately be just a memory (see our May 2010 posting on that subject her...
  • Who moved our inventory?
    on Mar 1, 2015 in Real Estate
    Hot market outpaces listingsIf you’d like to sell your home in Madison Park, now is clearly the time.  In fact the opportunity seemed so good to my wife and me that we decided to sell.  Our house was on the market for exactly a week. Now...
  • Develop or not develop?
    on Jan 6, 2015 in Real Estate
    A quick trip around the neighborhood reveals that there is plenty of development currently in progress here, all of of it involving the construction of single-family residences.   In our part of town it’s unusual for there to be new office or...
  • Area artists converge on Madison Park
    on Dec 4, 2014 in Art in Madison Park
    "Holiday Handmade" show at Pioneer Hall upcomingMultiple local artists (meaning ten or twelve) have banded together to present their "handmade" wares at a show in Pioneer Hall (1642 43rd Avenue E.)  this Friday and Saturday.  Of course it's...
  • We've been hacked!
    on Nov 25, 2014 in Crime
    A warning for Madison Park Blogger readersEarlier this year Yahoo! announced that the usernames and passwords of some or all of its 273 million subscribers had been hacked.  It's now clear that the Madison Park Blogger's account at Yahoo! w...
  • Armed robberies put neighborhood on edge
    on Nov 24, 2014 in Crime
    Two scary incidents in two daysIt's unusual for gun play to occur in Madison Park, so the two holdups that took place on Friday and Saturday kept the neighborhood buzzing over the weekend.  The police action late on Saturday evening, involving m...
  • Art Messer dead at 65
    on Nov 21, 2014 in Art in Madison Park Obituaries
    Local artist succumbs to cancerWe're very sorry to report the death last week of Art Messer, a Madison Park artist known both for his cheerful, colorful paintings and for his outsize personality.  He was a regular fixture on the neighborhood sce...
  • No new restaurant hereFoodies and those concerned about the shrinking retail core of Madison Park will be saddened to know that there will not be a replacement restaurant for the late Cafe Parco.  We have it on good authority that the building, located on 42nd near M...
  • No cheap ticket to Madison Park
    on Oct 27, 2014 in Real Estate
    Affordable houses are a thing of the pastA current snapshot of Madison Park’s real estate market reveals an extraordinary and perhaps unprecedented situation:  there is only a single house available for sale at under $1 million—and that one...
  • Beach House Bar & Grill opens friday
    on Oct 24, 2014 in Beach House Bar & Grill
    They were just putting the finishing touches on the space when we barged into the place this evening to get some pix for the blog.  Owner Ricky Eng reconfirmed that the Beach House Bar & Grill will open as scheduled for lunch tomorrow.  ...
  • While we were away...It's been a long time since we last did a blog posting, as regular readers of Madison Park Blogger are no doubt well aware.  We've been in the Great Southwest enjoying some excellent vibes, as well as a lot of hot, dry, and sunny weather.  ...
  • Art Walk returns tomorrow
    on Sep 11, 2014 in Art Walk
    It's become a summer tradition in Madison Park for area artists to display their work in neighborhood businesses as the season draws to a close.  This year is no different, with Art Walk scheduled to begin tomorrow evening and run through Septem...
  • Restaurants set to debutTwo openings in SeptemberMadison Park’s cuisine scene will be broadened this month as two new eateries open their doors.  Taking the place of Madison Park Conservatory at 1927 43rd Avenue E. will be the Beach House Bar & Grill, owned by Ch...
  • Cafe Parco closes
    on Sep 3, 2014 in Cafe Parco
    Chef Celinda calls it quitsThe restaurant business is a tough one, and the Madison Park audience doesn't make the situation any easier for a restauranteur.  After almost three years of struggle to hit the right notes, chef/proprietor Celinda Nor...
  • Music in the Park returns this evening
    on Aug 7, 2014 in Music in the Park
    Every Thursday this month there will be Music in the Park, presented by the Madison Park Business Association. On the boards tonight is The Moonspinners, a "60's-esque" trio. You can get a good idea of their particular vibe by watching this YouT...
  • HomeStreet gets the doors openAfter a very long gestation period, Seattle-based HomeStreet bank birthed its Madison Park baby today, finally revealing to the world its long-awaited branch along the neighborhood's main thoroughfare. The prominent Madison Street location next to Be...
  • Speaking of trees
    on Aug 5, 2014 in Trees
    It's just a lovely memory now. It was trucked away, for the most part, over the weekend. But for multiple decades this majestic tree, believed to be a Chinese Elm, graced the E. Highland Drive road end near Lake Washington, just off of 43rd Avenue E.
  • Lakeside story elicits ugly commentaryBlogger rethinks policy on reader commentsBy Bryan TagasOur recent posting on the SEC shutdown of Lakeside Capital Management has had higher readership than any story we've ever reported, with over 2,200 page views to date.  The posting has also...
  • Seen or heard in the 'hoodNew restaurant to take MP Conservatory spaceThough we don't yet have the details, we do know that the space on 43rd Avenue E. vacated by Madison Park Conservatory in February will soon be the site of a new restaurant.  Owners Maria and Ricky Eng...
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