KPLU has shined its light on neighborhood photographer and longtime Capitol Hill-er Tim Durkan and his personal story of addiction and friendship — with great photos, of course — with a man he calls Broadway Mike:
Both 47, Gray and Durkan first met as young men on the streets of Capitol Hill some 25 years ago. Durkan was living in a condo near Broadway. Gray was sleeping outside. They both drank in excess.
“(When I drink,) I turn into a happy party machine, man. At least that’s the way I recall it,” said Durkan. “No moderation. There’s no divert switch. It broke.”
Durkan, a self-professed alcoholic, quit drinking nearly 20 years ago. Gray still drinks daily, usually malt liquor in a brown bag. If he goes too long without a sip, he gets the shakes, he says; alcohol has become a part of what makes him function.
Over the years, the friends have watched each other age and the neighborhood change. Gray spent most of those years homeless, working odd jobs up and down Broadway and earning the nickname Broadway Mike.
“He’s pretty well-known up here. Everybody knows him,” said Durkan.
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Durkan works for the city as a neighborhood district coordinator. You can view more of his work at facebook.com/timdphotos.