Beebe & Runyan Furniture Northwest Ghost Sign in Seattle

Beebe & Runyan Furniture Northwest Ghost Sign in Seattle

The ghost sign for Beebe & Runyan Furniture Northwest is located at 2014 9th Ave. in Seattle’s Denny Triangle. Now a Cornish College of the Arts building, this was once part of a company whose veritable empire spanned Omaha, Kansas City and Denver.
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Pioneer Motor Bearing Co./Stark Motor Co. Ghost Signs in San Francisco

Pioneer Motor Bearing Co./Stark Motor Co. Ghost Signs in San Francisco

I came across this two-in-one ghost sign combo at 798 Eddy St. just off Van Ness Ave., San Francisco’s old “auto row.” The Pioneer Motor Bearing Co., with its jaunty arrow, is fairly straightforward. The older sign? I think it says Stark Motor Co.
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Paintings by Rachel Maxi

Dick's (Wallingford) by Rachel Maxi

Dick’s (Wallingford) by Rachel Maxi

Painter Rachel Maxi is originally from Cincinnati, now based in the Seattle area. She describes her work as “a diary of the mundane” — quiet vignettes whose humility becomes monumental through the artist’s attention to often overlooked spaces, places and objects.
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Elsewhere

Get off Sidewalk, Other Red Bike Lessons: just some thoughts on Cincinnati’s new bike-sharing program.

Can Cleveland Ever Be the New Brooklyn?: my answer is no, and why would it want to?

How Artists Can Fight Back Against Cities That Are Taking Advantage of Them: just that, coming out of Seattle.

The Fading Distinction Between City and Suburb: “As high-income people return to cities and urban neighborhoods, they bring much of their suburban lifestyle with them.” Food for thought!

New York 1976: Cab-Driving in the Artistic Heart of the Universe: amazing trip back in time.

Historic Train Stations (As Seen on Instagram): awesome eye candy, from NYC to Omaha and many points in between.

You Can Buy This Entire Tropical Island Paradise for LESS than a NYC Apartment: it’s true.

VisuaLingual Seed Bombs at Nordstrom

10 Seed Bombs with Slinger by VisuaLingual

We’re thrilled to be part of a pop-up shop at Nordstrom, where you can find our 10 Seed Bombs with Slinger, Herbs, Edible Flowers, Salad Greens, as well as Regional Wildflower Seed Bombs.
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Yeah, yeah, it’s Black Friday, but I hope you’ll skip the mall and shop in your neighborhood. Here in Cincinnati, there are two fantastic events going on today.

This afternoon in Northside, 9 businesses will unveil their brand-new signs, part of the CoSign creative signage project [check out my photos of last year’s signs].

Tonight Over-the-Rhine hosts Final Friday, a neighborhood-wide celebration that includes gallery openings and extended shop hours. We’ll be at the Main Street Merry Market along with other alumni of SpringBoard, a business development course offered by ArtWorks.

For more shopping destinations, please see the list of VisuaLingual stockists, which includes awesome stores from Seattle to Saint Augustine, from San Diego to Portsmouth.

Shop till you drop!

Elsewhere

Cincinnati Expands, Streamlines Mobile Food Vending Zone Program: more inexpensive food options are coming to the basin.

How to Resurrect an Urban School District: for all your breeders out there, an article about Cincinnati Public Schools.

Stories from the Pendleton Art Center: the fascinating history of the “World’s Largest Collection of Artists Under One Roof” that’s found right in Over-the-Rhine.

Brooklyn, the Remix: A Hip-Hop Tour: yes.

The Fight against Small Apartments: in Seattle, the micro apartment is considered the new SRO by NIMBYs.

Top Urbanists Agree: Casinos Ruin Cities: excellent analysis by The Urbanophile on a recent kind of urban blight.

Artists Announce They’ve Found All the Beauty They Can in Urban Decay: LOL, speaking of urban blight…

Elsewhere

Cincinnati 2012: how lovely to end the year with a time lapse showing downtown, Over-the-Rhine and much more.

How to Have Your Heart Broken Every Year: on the perils of gardening in Over-the-Rhine.

Paige’s Favorite Things: wow, we’re in a great company in this roundup of Cincinnati-centric goods, courtesy of Cincy Whimsy.

Habitat for Humanity Takes a Modern Tack: inspiring homes built in Charlottesville, Seattle and Portland.

The Oldest Photo Ever Taken of New York City: a daguerreotype of the Upper West Side from 1848.

Strong Towns: “passionate about the future of America’s cities, towns and neighborhoods.”

Unmiserable Cleveland: just that.

The Art of Matte Stephens

Manhattan by Matte Stephens

Manhattan by Matte Stephens

Portland, OR-based Matte Stephens is sort of the love child of Georges Damin and Mark Coomer, with a hint of Nicholas Takis and a touch of Jim Flora in the mix, sprinkled with a garnish of early Charley Harper. His gouache paintings are very much rooted in the forms and colors of the middle of the 20th century, and I especially like his scenes of different cities.
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