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Monday, January 11, 2010
A park on a hill
I took this photo from the corner of 7th Street and Franklin Avenue on the same misty day (January 5th) and from almost the same location as the photo of "Ships on cotton." The park fills the block between 7th and 8th Streets, and you can see a piece of 8th Street just in front of the blue house. Eighth is probably the steepest street in town, and it's one of my favorites. It's old, narrow, and it has a lot of character. It's also fun to drive on, although you have to be very careful at the blind intersections. See how steep the street is here? Then look at "Ships on cotton" again. Eighth street drops from that vantage point to river-level in only two blocks, and most of the drop is in the one block between Exchange and Franklin. The houses are typical of Astoria's charming old residences. Three blocks up the hill to our right is Karen's old house.