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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Rainier Is Hot; 14th Is Not

posted by on July 18 at 14:34 PM


If you’ve ever been lost in Seattle, unable to make out what street you’re crossing because the signs are dingy, small and unreadable, then find hope in this. By 2016, the Seattle Department of Transportation promises to replace them with bigger, shinier, new signs. What’s more, the city announced last week that they’re selling the old ones. They range from $10 (for the small guys) to $15 (for the big suckers up to 10” by 48”). I called to find out how the sale, which runs for nine more years, is going so far. Mike Long of the Fleet and Facilities Department answered.

“How many signs have you sold so far?”

“About 600.”

“Which ones have been the most popular?”

Rainier Avenue has sold the most because of the significance to Mt. Rainier. Madison has also gone quickly. Also, any first name, like Brandon.”

Brandon Street? I don’t know where that is.”

“Neither do I.”

“Well, which signs are the least popular?”

“The ones not moving are odder street numbers, like 14th Ave.

“Would it be illegal to buy signs and put them up on telephone poles for the wrong street?”

“I would think so. I don’t know the rules of law about that. As long as it’s on your property it would be okay. You Strangers, you might do it.”

“Can you reserve a Holden Street sign for me?”

“At this point, no. We’re not holdin’ signs.”

“No pun intended?”


The city’s surplus warehouse is located at 3807 Second Ave. S. Hours open to the public are from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Here’s a list of current sign inventory (.pdf). They also sell old parking meters.

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They have nothing for me. NOTHING!

Posted by monkey | July 18, 2007 2:50 PM

Aw neat. I want UNIVERSITY WAY.

Posted by fun shaped | July 18, 2007 2:51 PM

For just $10 more, you can get the Neubert special--the sign of your choice splattered with the blood of an SPD suspect!

Posted by dealseeker | July 18, 2007 2:51 PM

I want 69th St. Hell yeah!

Posted by Ari Spool | July 18, 2007 3:04 PM

Isn't Brandon St in Columbia City? Or whatever the 98118 zip is?

Posted by genevieve | July 18, 2007 3:18 PM

Whoa, who's in the new pic? (sproing)

Posted by MoTown | July 18, 2007 3:34 PM

I'm pretty sure there's been a mix up... the proper title of this article is clearly, "Local wildlife photographer impresses BMW with HOT shorts and slammin cycle"

... thanks Slog!

Posted by Seattle Rollo | July 18, 2007 3:40 PM

Are those aviator sunglasses? And does he have a moustache?

I need his ankles on my shoulders like now!

Posted by Original Andrew | July 18, 2007 3:49 PM

Accg. to Google Maps (GMIYF!), Brandon runs (intermittently) from the Valley to Georgetown between Lucile and Bennett, and through West Seattle immediately south of the golf course.


Posted by K | July 18, 2007 3:52 PM

PS Hey who broke the city website?

Posted by K | July 18, 2007 3:53 PM

BTW, both SW Brandon and SW Holden go through my neighborhood in West Seattle.

Posted by Original Andrew | July 18, 2007 4:03 PM

Dom, buy Holden yo! (11)

Posted by fun shaped | July 18, 2007 4:25 PM

It would be pretty cool to get hold of an MLK one when they're available. My whole family is teachers and it would make great classroom kiche.

@8 - that ankle comment totally made me do a spit take, LOL. Is that guy seriously hot, or are y'all bein facetious? I try really hard NOT to look like that when i go out, but perhaps i have it all wrong!

Posted by longball | July 18, 2007 4:49 PM

Is that Lt. Dangle?

Posted by Geni | July 18, 2007 5:05 PM

i totally thought dangle, too! i love that guy!

Posted by dpa | July 18, 2007 5:18 PM

Brandon Street is about 5000 block south of Yesler. It exists in West Seattle and Columbia City.

Posted by Sean | July 18, 2007 5:52 PM

I am currently brainstorming what i could do with an old parking meter. So far, i got nothin...

Posted by longball | July 18, 2007 6:14 PM

HOW can I get HOWE or HOWELL?

Posted by ALLEN GINSBERG | July 18, 2007 10:28 PM

There apparently is an Orange Place in Seattle, but alas no Orange Road that I can find.

Posted by lostboy | July 18, 2007 11:22 PM

Bike ryders are pretty hot, but this one especially. Leopard-print hotpants, moustache, reasoning with a hoity-toity car driver -- yow! Where'd ya find him?

Posted by butter | July 19, 2007 9:23 PM

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