With the snip of a pair of scissors, the purple ribbon dropped and the Brandon Roy basketball court was reborn recently.
The refurbished outdoor court south of the Delridge Community Center was once the healthy hangout for the Portland Trailblazer who fans call "Broy." The court was renamed in his honor.
"It's incredible to be back with my family," said Roy, a 6 foot 6 inch guard, following the ceremony. He was toting his 18-month-old son, Brandon Jr.
"I've had so many memories from this court when I worked on my game," he said.
Nola Ahola shares a studio with two other artists in the basement of the historic Curtiss Building on Leary Way. She has worked in a series of old Ballard buildings since the 1970s, many of which have since been gentrified.
"I saw one of the old buildings I use to work in has been all tarted up," she said. "I think it's an architectural office or something now."
The gentrification of the once-industrial Ballard is creating changes for the art community here, and causing many artists, including Ahola, to worry about its future.
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By Julie D. Pheasant-Albright
Arcadia Publishing, 2007