Saturday, May 28, 2011

South Lake Union

A trip to REI brought my husband and me back to the South Lake Union neighborhood to fill in streets we had missed on our last walk in this area.

We walked in the area between Aurora Avenue N and Eastlake Avenue E from Denny Way to Lake Union.

During our 5.2 mile walk, we saw lots of Amazon buildings but not a single one had a name on it.

This neighborhood is a real mix of office space, industrial and residential with plenty of restaurants thrown in. Most of the office space is newer as are the condos. Even though it was a Saturday, we saw plenty of people out walking and the area near REI was very busy.

Here and there, there was an older building surrounded by new ones and we saw a construction site where another Amazon building is under way. Construction is also under way to address the Mercer Mess."

From Aurora, we could see the Space Needle, the Experience Music Project and the new Gates Foundation buildings.

This area is home to the Seattle Times building with a small park across the street,

KING Broadcasting company (which had an interesting sculpture at its entrance),

Brave Horse Tavern (tucked in among Amazon buildings), Group Health, Buca di Beppo restaurant, Goods for the Planet,

the Unity Church of Truth, the South Lake Union Discovery Center (which was not open today - I shall return to check it out),

and Denny Park (Seattle's first park) which is bigger than I expected and quite pretty.

It was an enjoyable walk and made more enjoyable by stopping at the Serious Pie restaurant at Westlake and Harrison.

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