G. I. Joe Buys a House

photo by Ballard Avenue

There are hundreds of little houses like this all over Ballard. Built in the heady days after World War 2, they were snapped up by veterans using VA loans. They might have gone to school on the GI Bill. Now they were working and starting families. Some simple and enlightened government policies were helping millions to get a good start on their lives.

They're pretty much gone now, those veterans. But the little homes they bought and loved and kept up are helping today's Ballardonians get a good start on their lives. It's a pity the policies of the current government make that harder.