Archive for January, 2012

  • This week we follow up with more of the shortest streets within the city limits of Santa Barbara, showing each of the “qualifying shorties” suggested by Edhat readers. Many of the one-block or less streets are avenues, some are lanes and others are streets. We’ve got a couple of plazas, one place and one way. We’ve even got a road that appears to be a two-block street, but it’s not. Some of the streets readers suggested we include, but didn’t are too long to be a “shortie”; and one is outside the city limits. The ‘too long” streets (albeit […] 23

    Short & Sweet – Part II

    This week we follow up with more of the shortest streets within the city limits of Santa Barbara, showing each of the “qualifying shorties” suggested by Edhat readers. Many of the one-block or less streets are avenues, some are lanes and others are streets. We’ve got a couple of plazas, one place and one way. We’ve even got a road that appears to be a two-block street, but it’s not. Some of the streets readers suggested we include, but didn’t are too long to be a “shortie”; and one is outside the city limits. The ‘too long” streets (albeit […]

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  • This week we introduce you to part of our collection of the shortest streets in Santa Barbara. Unless you live, work, or deliver mail on one of these streets, it’s likely that you rarely (if ever!) travel these little gems. Some are dead ends, and others connect to much busier streets. Many of them are avenues, some are drives, others are roads or streets, and then there are the lanes and ways. We chose the headline photo for our story because we believe it just may be the character for “short street”…but then again, maybe not. It is, however, […] 1472

    Short & Sweet – Some of SB’s Shortest Streets

    This week we introduce you to part of our collection of the shortest streets in Santa Barbara. Unless you live, work, or deliver mail on one of these streets, it’s likely that you rarely (if ever!) travel these little gems. Some are dead ends, and others connect to much busier streets. Many of them are avenues, some are drives, others are roads or streets, and then there are the lanes and ways. We chose the headline photo for our story because we believe it just may be the character for “short street”…but then again, maybe not. It is, however, […]

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  • One of our urban hikes took us straight down Bath Street from Valerio to just below Ortega Street. According to local historian Neal Graffy, Bath Street was originally named “Banos” by the Spaniards because it led to West Beach and the sulfur springs at Burton’s Mound. Before the advent of indoor plumbing, residents and visitors went to the beach and the nearby hot springs to bathe and relax. As we approached Bath, we decided to hike it the way we’re inclined to hike one-way streets – we always prefer to hike them in the opposite direction of the traffic. […] 1688

    Beautiful Bath Street

    One of our urban hikes took us straight down Bath Street from Valerio to just below Ortega Street. According to local historian Neal Graffy, Bath Street was originally named “Banos” by the Spaniards because it led to West Beach and the sulfur springs at Burton’s Mound. Before the advent of indoor plumbing, residents and visitors went to the beach and the nearby hot springs to bathe and relax. As we approached Bath, we decided to hike it the way we’re inclined to hike one-way streets – we always prefer to hike them in the opposite direction of the traffic. […]

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  • On the last day of 2011 we completed our mission of walking each and every street within the city limits of Santa Barbara – all 256 “centerline miles” of them. When we began our project in November 2009, we felt certain we could complete it within about a year. After deciding to not only walk Santa Barbara, but also to photo document and report about it, we realized a year wouldn’t be enough time. So, we reevaluated and set a new goal of 18 months…but a whole lotta lollygagging and an unexpected knee injury in June (which led to […] 0

    The Final 2 UH Invitational Hike

    On the last day of 2011 we completed our mission of walking each and every street within the city limits of Santa Barbara – all 256 “centerline miles” of them. When we began our project in November 2009, we felt certain we could complete it within about a year. After deciding to not only walk Santa Barbara, but also to photo document and report about it, we realized a year wouldn’t be enough time. So, we reevaluated and set a new goal of 18 months…but a whole lotta lollygagging and an unexpected knee injury in June (which led to […]

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