The streets along and just east of Rainier have lots of places to eat, drink, shop and be entertained including the Columbia City Ale House, Tutta Bella, Geraldine's Counter, Kezira Cafe, Lottie's Lounge, the Royal Room, coffee shops, Columbia City Bakery, Paris Bakery and Deli, Columbia City Gallery, Lem's Book Store, banks, Ark Lodge Cinema and the Columbia City Theatre. It's no wonder this area has become so popular. A convenient and inexpensive public parking lot on Ferdinand services this area where it looks as if parking could otherwise be a problem.
Homes range from older traditionals (sometimes in need of love) to modern. Lots are a decent size but sometimes quite sloped. Some have views of Lake Washington and some appear to be down in a gully.
Seattle Home Maternity Service, Mission Baptist Church,
Columbia City Church of Hope,
New Freeway Hall, the Columbia City Post Office,
Rainier Valley Cultural Center,
Consejo Counseling Services,
Columbia Branch of the Seattle Public Library,
Rainier Playfield (which borders on the Rainier Community Center)
and a house with a big City Fruit sign which looks to be an orchard and fruit farm.
I will be happy to discover what else this diverse neighborhood offers.
Walking at twilight is a whole new experience - neighborhoods take on a different personality. This walk brought my count to 1,800 miles (at least 60% of the city) so I celebrated with a Blackthorn cider and a tuna melt sandwich at the Columbia Ale House.