Lake Union, our charming, chaotic and calming jewel, is full of surprises

There’s more than the Tuesday night Duck Dodge sailboat races going on at Lake Union. Lily Lawson, with a lift from Angie Kupfer, does AcroYoga exercises at Gas Works Park. A red-roofed electric boat cruises by. (Alan Berner/The Seattle Times)

The city’s jewel of a waterway plays a vital role in Seattle’s industry, travel, recreation — and identity.

PADDLERS, FLOATING PICNICKERS and apprentice pirates, please take note: Even inside the cozy-crazy confines of Seattle’s Lake Union, normal rules of maritime passage apply.

Sort of.

By that we mean: Sailing vessels, as usual, have right of way over powered craft, but must yield to commercial vessels plying the lake’s shipping lane (here, as elsewhere, “tonnage rules”).

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HelloFresh, Plated, and Blue Apron outshine the meal delivery competition

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In the past few years, meal-delivery services have shown that whipping up a fabulous dinner in your own kitchen is easier than you think. The premise is simple: Subscribe to a meal plan, and every week you’ll receive a refrigerated box with ingredients and recipes for three meals each week. You get the fun of cooking new meals while skipping the groceries and some of the prep work. As this concept has gained popularity, more and more companies have created their own meal kits, providing a dazzling array of options, from vegan and organic to paleo food.

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Coming soon: Fly from Seattle’s Lake Union to Vancouver B.C.

Seaplane service is set to start in the spring between Lake Union and Vancouver, British Columbia's Coal Harbour. Photo: Dan DeLong, Seattle Post-Intelligencer / Seattle Post-Intelligencer

For those who can afford it, travel between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia may get a lot easier next spring.

Vancouver’s Harbour Air and Seattle’s Kenmore Air are slated to start direct flights in the spring between Seattle’s Lake Union and Vancouver’s Coal Harbour, according to a report by the Vancouver Sun.

Initially, the companies will offer four flights daily between the two ports, but intend to increase them as demand increases.

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Eastlake Community Council September/October events

The Eastlake Community Council offers notice of the following events and comment opportunities.

Public meeting with the Police Department about public safety issues in Eastlake – Tues., Sept. 19  6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Agora Conference Center, 1551 Eastlake Ave. (at south end of neighborhood). Please also send your concerns to ECC at info@eastlakeseattle.org.

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Gleaming South Lake Union apartments stand on the site of an early Seattle dump

THEN: A city dump was created at the southwest corner of Lake Union in 1914, a year before this photo was taken. (Courtesy Museum of History & Industry)

THEN: A city dump was created at the southwest corner of Lake Union in 1914, a year before this photo was taken. (Courtesy Museum of History & Industry)

WHEN THIS “THEN” photo is enlarged, I count 18 teamsters grouped with their trash wagons across the pond, looking directly at the photographer, most likely James Lee. For many years, Lee was the photographer for the city’s Public Works Department: our own municipal photographer. Here, Lee looks northwest through the block bordered by Valley and Aloha streets, and Eighth and Dexter avenues. That solitary motorcar parked at the corner of Dexter and Aloha (upper left) might well be Lee’s.

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South Lake Union: The bustle and boom of Seattle’s ‘Amazonland’

Amazonians eat lunch under the spheres on Aug. 10, 2017. Photo: GRANT HINDSLEY, SEATTLEPI.COM / SEATTLEPI.COM

In 2007, South Lake Union was a neighborhood in transition.

It was growing — developers were recognizing its value and building it up from the under-utilized, downtrodden sea of parking lots it had been for years.

Between 2003 and 2007, developers built 2.4 million square feet of commercial space, 1,850 apartments and condos, and created nearly 7,000 jobs, according to a city report cited by The Seattle Times in 2007.

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South Lake Union pedestrians get light, crosswalk at much-used spot on Denny Way

Seattle Department of Transportation Director Scott Kubly and spokeswoman Mafara Hobson cross Denny Way at Terry Avenue North on Tuesday morning, just after the activation of a traffic light at the intersection that typically has been a magnet for crossing pedestrians. That’s The Seattle Times headquarters just up the hill. (Christine Clarridge / The Seattle Times)

Some brazen South Lake Union pedestrians who have felt the urge to cross Denny Way in the middle of a perilous block have a small but significant reason to celebrate.

The installation of a new traffic light and crosswalk was completed Tuesday morning at Terry Avenue North, meaning pedestrians will no longer have the temptation to take their lives in their hands to cross an unprotected intersection on Denny Way between Boren and Westlake avenues.

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Shake Shack coming to South Lake Union

2115 Westlake Avenue in South Lake Union, where Shake Shack will open its first Seattle location in mid-2018. Photo: Google Street View

2115 Westlake Avenue in South Lake Union, where Shake Shack will open its first Seattle location in mid-2018

Soon there will be another trendy lunchtime destination made totally inaccessible by Amazon employees on weekdays.

Shake Shack, one of the country’s hottest burger chains, will open up its first Seattle restaurant at 2115 Westlake Avenue in South Lake Union in mid-2018, the company announced on Wednesday.

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South Lake Union Block Party 2017

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Obliteride rolls by Lake Union August 13

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Fred Hutch’s Obliteride, the ride to end cancer is marking its 5th anniversary and is bigger than ever. About 2,000 riders are participating to raise money for cancer research at Fred Hutch. Hundreds of riders will spin by Lake Union on August 13.

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