A historic and cultural gem | Letter

We were surprised and dismayed to learn that the Bus Rapid Transit project along state Route 522 is threatening the existence of the Yakima Fruit Market, a historic and cultural gem of great importance to people of the Northshore area including Kenmore, Bothell and Woodinville.

To place this unique family-run commercial activity into a historic context, consider that when the market was founded in 1938:

Work was starting on the Lake Washington Floating Bridge.

Boeing unveiled its 307 Stratoliner, the world’s first transport aircraft with a pressurized cabin.

Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River was just going into service.

Folk singer Ivar Haglund founded Ivar’s Seafood Restaurant in Seattle.

The people of the Northshore area LOVE the Yakima Fruit Market, and many of them may find it difficult to support Sound Transit if it destroys the market.

Jo Ann Evans

Kenmore Heritage Society president

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