Monday, January 13, 2014
26th Street runs downhill from the cemetery. On the corners at Fifth: Aladdin Bakers, & La Nortena nightclub. The block down to Fourth is a mixture of home & industry, with the most of the houses - largely frame - on the southern side. The houses hug the sidewalk. Opposite, a couple of freestanding pitched-roofers look older, but vinyl shields any traces of age on their facades. Paul's Signs is here, along with another shuttered sign store (Sign & Storefront), & Union Windows & Doors ("Ask for Jimmy"). On the wall of a small warehouse a handwritten sign offers Live Fresh Off Boat Lobster. Al-Saedi grocery anchors the southeast corner at Fourth, merchant in a corner apartment building where the paintwork is a glossy robin egg's hue. On the side of the building, printed on on an awning of a deeper blue: Kira Xeni.
On a broad lot at 214 - 218, approval is pending for a new manufacturing building, and on the other side of the street, there are several smaller parking lots. In one of them, a green Chevy Malibu 350 has been resting for some time.