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A taxi turns onto Ballard Avenue from 22nd Ave NW on a rainy December night. Ballard's historic district features a lot music venues, restaurants, tea and coffee houses, and bars, so night life is usually pretty lively, but I took this late on Sunday night while walking after a show and it was pretty quiet. The Ballard neighborhood was not annexed to Seattle until 1907 and had its own city hall which stood on this site. The original bell from the city hall is housed in this Centennial Bell Tower now part of Marvin's Garden Park, named for Marvin Sjoberg, a beloved neighborhood character known as "the mayor of Ballard" from the 1960s until his death in 1989.