I recently moved to Kirkland and decided that this project was a great way to become more familiar with the area. One thing I immediately noticed was that even in the thick of a booming city just minutes away from Seattle and Bellevue, Kirkland takes time to appreciate the finer things and smaller venues. Everthing along Lake Street in Downtown Kirkland gives off the vibe of “small town.” The little shops and coffeehouses are a great backdrop to a fun, community-centered newspaper like the Kirkland Reporter.
Obviously there are many other neighborhoods served by the reporting of this newspaper. I have not yet had a chance to walk through each neighborhood, but I believe the feeling will be very similar.
The overall result of this trip justified the work done by Carrie Rodriguez and her small team at the Kirkland Reporter. Suriviving on community input and local advertising, this newspaper brings together neighborhoods every Friday when the paper is delivered. Carrie even shared with us that some readers have their papers delivered to their homes in Arizona when they’re on vacation! To me, that proves the strength of community behind this paper and this city.
Contributed by Mali Murphy