Not far north of the steam plant site, snuggled between the old Oceanography docks and the chain of houseboats, Terry Pettus park was added to the playing Lake Union sometime, I think, in the 1980s. At least I first stumbled upon it that decades and took this snapshot on a summer afternoon. The immediate neighborhood also has an intimacy for me for I lived a block away on Newton Street in 1967-68, and also for a few weeks nearby in a houseboat. It is most gratifying that the Seattle Park Department (if it is responsible) name this vacated street end part to Pettus, the depression-era radical jounalist who later in his long life became the eloquent advocate of the houseboat community – the Floating Homes Association.

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