Tuesday, October 18, 2011

North Beacon Hill and the Central Area Atlantic Neighborhoods

Yesterday, a friend and I tried to visit the Lighthouse's Ethel L. Dupar Fragrant Garden for the blind and deaf-blind on S Plum Street at 25th Avenue S only to find that we needed an appointment. Maybe we didn't get to see the garden but we did get to have a nice (and reasonably priced) lunch at Borracchini's Bakery on Rainier Avenue S and to walk around this mixed neighborhood.

We walked 5 miles along the streets near Rainier Avenue S just south of I-90 down to S College Street.

This stretch of Rainier Avenue S is commercial and industrial but has a colorful mural.

We didn't have to go too far off Rainier to find housing and,

this being Seattle, gardens and greenery.

One resident appeared to have made some pumpkin pi.

We passed a "Welcome to Rainier Valley" sign even though the City Clerk's maps show this area as being North Beacon Hill and the Central Area Atlantic neighborhood. A portion of the I-90 Trail runs just south of I-90.

These streets are home to a modern new building housing a Fare Start Cafe and the Youth in Focus Program; there is a lovely garden behind the building, Eritrean and Teriyaki restaurants, the Wellspring Family Services Building, the Eritrean Association Center,

AMF Imperial Lanes (bowling alley),

Stewart Lumber and Hardware Company, the Oberto Factory

and Kusak Cut Glass Works. We stopped into Kusak's; the people were very friendly and told us they would be having a sale later this week.

We will return to visit the garden.

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