Sunday, August 26, 2012

International and Industrial Districts

On a quest for flip flop socks, my husband and I went to the International District, today. We were successful, finding them in a few shops. We stayed to take a 3.5 mile walk in the area, crossing over into the Industrial District.

We observed a mix of Asian cultures, from Chinese architecture

to Uwajimaya, the Japanese named Asian food and gift market

where we saw geoduck for sale

to a colorful Thai establishment. (We even saw a Cajun restaurant, so food is not 100% Asian.)

We went into the Panama Hotel

to peer down into the basement where we could see how possessions were left when the occupants were taken to an internment camp during World War II.

We crossed into the Industrial District and observed a large BMW establishment, the Charles Street Service Center,

 a proposal to build a maintenance facility for the First Hill Street Car

and Safeco and CenturyLink Fields in the distance.

This area is home to Legacy House Assisted Living, the International Children's Park,

the Chongwa Benevolent Association,

lots of Asian restaurants, tea companies and food and gift shops, the International District/Chinatown Community Center

and Library,

the former INS building, now Inscape Arts (the self proclaimed "largest arts and cultural enclave in Seattle")

located on Seattle Boulevard.

The biggest surprise, squeezed in next to I-5, was the Danny Woo International District Community Gardens 

with a chicken coop,

garden plots,

seating that looked like a waterfall or a cascading stream

and colorful mural. I felt as if I were in a mountain farming community.

A wonderful walk in a neighborhood full of surprises!

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