This Little House Inspired the Beloved ‘Up.’ but Its Resident, and the Family She Made Out of Should-Be Enemies, Will Really Make Your Day.Michael Harrell
The way the story is told, it’s no surprise that the little house wedged between a Trader Joe’s and an LA Fitness inspired a children’s film. Edith Macefield lived in a tiny a farmhouse built around the turn of the century, when Seattle was still transitioning from the gateway to the Yukon gold rush to major logging port and the cultural center it is today. So on the north side, among a bevy of Scandinavian immigrant who would make their living fishing the waters of Puget Sound and up into Alaska, Ballard was the perfect place to settle down. Fast forward 100 years and the neighborhood is undergoing rapid change, modernizing, gentrifying and leaving quaint single-family homes in favor of mega developments of condominiums and retail. And nestled right snug in the middle of a mall stands one remaining little farmhouse, its 86-year-old occupant refusing to sell even for a one million dollar prize. This is what inspired Disney and Pixar’s Up, and the friendship between developer and resident is an inspiration that we can all take hold of.