This neighborhood is just outside the downtown retail core and is quite varied. The space needle keeps popping into view, the monorail and South Lake Union Trolly run through the area and public art is almost as prevalent as
views of the Sound.
and the Urban Rest Stop.
We passed Regrade Park,
parking availability signs and a new parking garage under construction (a bike-riding Downtown Ambassador answered our questions about the structure). We went into the really interesting Federal Army and Navy Surplus Store where you can get some great gear and I was told that about 50% of the merchandise was made in America.
This area houses the Seattle Times, the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library and Mobile Services, Cinerama,
the Wexley School for Girls Advertising Agency (with rubber chickens in its windows), Whole Foods, Elephant Super Car Wash, the Mexican Consulate, the West Precinct Police Station, an old fire house that now houses the firefighters' pension board
and a toy store.
Macy's Department store abuts this area and we noticed that it still had some Christmas decorations up and that the building still bears the Bon Marche name.
One interesting discovery was a plaque commemorating the Crystal Pool on the Cristalla Building (which has a beautiful terra cotta facade).
The plaque claims that the pool was one of the city's most popular gathering places in the 1920's and 1930's and Seattle's primary aquatic center. The city pumped water up the hill from Puget Sound to fill the pool. There is always something new to learn about Seattle.