Downtown, Columbia St at Western Avenue

212) You’ve probably noticed by now that I identify quite a few mailboxes as being sad. Well, add this one to the list. Positioned directly under the Columbia Street onramp, this box knows that its days of watching merry travelers jump onto 99 are numbered. In a few years, the viaduct, and this ramp itself, will be but a memory, leaving the box with an uncertain future as the waterfront begins its shaky transformation. Sad, sad box.

Downtown, Western Ave at Spring St

208) Another first! All my data told me this box was supposed to be one block south from this location… yet here it is. Not only that, evidence suggests that it was installed at this spot relatively recently (note the white discoloration on the sidewalk around its feet). I have never — NEVER! — found a box that had been moved. If anything, they are quietly “disappeared,” never to be seen again. This box obviously has some friends in pretty high places.

Downtown, 2nd Ave between Cherry and James

195 and 196) It’s a 2-for-1 special! You know, I’ve been at this project for about six months and I still get surprised by some things. Downtown certainly has the highest concentration of mailboxes of anywhere in the city; there are some stretches that have a string of them spaced a block apart. But this just might be the closest I’ve found two boxes… they are across the street from each other, separated by about half a block. Why does this block get two boxes and the ferry terminal gets zero? Call the city council and demand answers.

First Hill, Marion St at Terry Avenue

126) Is it illegal to climb on top of mailboxes? If so, is it doubly illegal to simultaneously climb on a mailbox and a relay box? If so, is it triply illegal to strike a smug, triumphant pose while doing so? I’m guessing the answer to all of these is a resounding YES, because it was surprisingly easy to get up there and if it were legal… well… I think we’d see a lot more people doing it.