Sustainable Wallingford

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Wallingford Walks

Wallingford Walks seeks to build community by getting neighbors out walking, to get to know each other and to get to know their neighborhood.

Location: Wallingford
Members: 13
Latest Activity: Oct 16, 2011

Walk Schedule

For the past three years Wallingford Walks has sponsored a walk around the neighborhood each month April or May through September.  Here is the schedule for 2011.

May 14th was the Spring Garden Walk and we had a nice turn out.  The weather was supposed to be a bit wet as is usual for Seattle but we got lucky with a lot of sunshine.  There were three Subject Matter Experts to guide the walkers as we strolled the neighborhood, which made it nice for those who wanted to ask specific questions of certain plants. 

June 11th will be the Classic Homes of Wallingford, an Architecture Walk (10AM)

Although specific homes to be viewed for the 2011 Classic Homes of Wallingford Walk are not yet available for publication, one can be sure that Al Elliott, a seasoned and well informed local resident, will lead an interesting walk.  Wallingford contains many fine examples of the Craftsman style of architecture that grew out of a progressive movement started in the late nineteenth century. The goals of this movement included helping people regain connection with craftsmanship and the natural world that were being lost because of industrialization. Siding, exterior design, interior design, choice of materials and garden design all worked toward these and other goals that nurtured the human spirit.  This style of architecture hit its peak just as Wallingford was building its community.  Also popular at that time was the Wallingford Bungalow which became a special part of the neighborhood.  These types of homes, as well as   other homes of interest, will be included in the walk.

July 16th will be the Birds, Bees and Maybe a Goat! (10AM)

This has been a very popular event where walkers visit several “urban backyard farms” in the neighborhood.  This guided walk will make stops at homes where the owners keep bees, chickens, ducks, rabbits, goats, as well as grow fruit and vegetables. Home owners will be present to welcome walkers and describe the joys of their urban farm. This walk is suitable for all ages and will be moderately paced over 2 hours.

August 13th will be the Exploring Wallingford’s Art Walk (10AM)

With two UW Masters in Art History we will explore yard and public art throughout Wallingford.  This is not a gallery walk, but an exploration of the artist in all of us.  What does art mean to you, to your neighbors and to the Wallingford neighborhood?  Come find out!

September 10th will be the Community Resilience- Prepare to Survive a Zombie Attack (10AM)

Walkers will visit several of the seven Community Preparedness Hubs located within the Wallingford Community.  Walkers will learn about the different community preparedness resources available at each Hub, how best to prepare for a Zombie attack and how they can get more involved with the Sustainable Wallingford Community Preparedness group.

Discussion Forum

2011 Craftsman-Bungalow Tour

Started by Michael Ruby Jun 20, 2011.

2010 Craftsman/Bungalow Tour Details

Started by Michael Ruby Jun 20, 2010.

More information about bees

Started by Michael Ruby Jun 27, 2009.

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Comment by Cathy Tuttle on March 17, 2010 at 11:45am

-> According to a Mar. 11th Sacramento Bee article, "In 1951, Ray Bradbury published a short story, 'The Pedestrian,' set in a totalitarian world circa 2050, in which no one walks the streets for pleasure or purpose. No one except the story's titular hero, Mr. Leonard Mead. He strolls the sidewalks in early evening, looking into windows with only 'the faintest glimmers of firefly light' -- the flicker of prime-time television. To be ambulatory in such a milieu draws suspicion and, eventually, the police. 'What are you out doing?' the police ask Mead. 'Walking.' 'Walking where? For what?' 'Walking for air. Walking to see.'"

"The man ends up in the 'Psychiatric Center for Research on Regressive Tendencies.' This is the stuff of fanciful fiction, Bradbury's dystopian musings. It could never really happen, right? And yet...In July, Long Branch, N.J., police answered a call about a suspicious-looking person walking in a suburban neighborhood in a light rain. The man had stopped on the sidewalk to look at a house for sale."

"The officer, Kristie Buble, asked the aging pedestrian, his curly salt-and-pepper hair partly covered by a hood, his purpose in the neighborhood. 'Walking,' the man said. She asked his name. 'Bob Dylan.' She asked for identification. He had none. The officer put Dylan, 68, in the back of the squad car and took him back to a nearby hotel parking lot, where the legendary musician's tour buses were parked, so he could present valid ID..."


Title: "Step by step: Join walkers on the path to physical and mental benefits"
Author: Sam McManis

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