After recent industrial area walks, today's 10.3 mile walk through the Genesee neighborhood of West Seattle was a welcome change. I walked streets between 35th and 46th Avenues SW from SW Andover to SW Alaska Streets.
California Avenue has lots of shops and restaurants while Fauntleroy Way SW has dry cleaners, automotive services and a Trader Joe's.
The streets surrounding the intersection of California and Alaska are referred to as the Junction. The nearby area appears to be the social and commercial hub of West Seattle and has a friendly feel.
I spotted a number of murals,
construction, lots of new, large, mixed-use buildings, townhouses
and apartment buildings.
A block or two removed from California, I passed some lovely homes and gardens.
This area is home to the West Seattle Senior Center, Twilight Artist Collective, Hiawatha Community Center and Dakota Place Park,
the Antique Mall of West Seattle, West Seattle Eagles Aerie and Auxiliary No. 2643, Seattle Fish Company, Shoofly Pie Company, West Seattle Bowl and Buddha Ruksa Restaurant.
There are quite a few churches, in pretty close proximity to each other. They include Holy Rosary Catholic Church (plus K-8 School and Parish Center),
Hope Lutheran Church Church (plus Preschool and Seattle Lutheran High School),
Faith Lutheran Church,
West Seattle Christian Church (plus its Ginomai Artist Community),
West Seattle Baptist Church,
Later Day Saints Church
and Tibbetts United Methodist Church.
Along the way, I spotted a water tower,
lots of of alleys, a free parking lot for shoppers at the Junction, some lovely homes and creative and colorful landscaping.
It was great to be back walking in a residential neighborhood with a charming business district. I even stopped to browse in a few shops and used book stores.