This is a neighborhood of older but architecturally pleasing homes. The area has sidewalks and curbs and some lovely trees. Most of the properties are well kept, a few are not. The area is not hilly but we did climb one staircase at 29th and Union.
Union, Cherry, 23rd and Martin Luther King Jr Way are wider streets with commercial areas. We passed a Post Office, about four Ethiopian restaurants, a Casey Family Programs building, a Grocery Outlet, the King Deli, Fatima Grocery (advertising Halal meat) and Catfish Corner (with an MLK Jr quote and mural on its side wall). We did see quite a few bars on business windows. We also saw the Green Plate Special Rain Garden
This neighborhood is home to the tiny Gerber Park, a YWCA, some transmission towers, a few rain barrels,
what looked like an old abandoned corner store,
the Greater Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, the Spiritual Israel Church and its Army, the Emerald City Community Seventh Day Adventist Church,
the Seattle Young People's Project (and its mural),
the Umojafest Peace Center and Peace Garden,
the old Horace Mann School (report of recent protest at this site). The area did appear to be gentrifying but if there is any tension, it was not apparent on this quiet, pleasant morning.
It was pleasant walking with the Seattle Sketcher, Gabriel Campanario, and hearing something of his work. I had purchased his book, The Art of Urban Sketching, and have really been enjoying it. The Sketcher will be signing copies at the University Book Store (U District) on March 12th at 7 PM.