Monday, September 10, 2012

Eastlake and South Lake Union Neighborhoods

Today, my husband and I zigged and zagged through streets in the South Lake Union and Eastlake neighborhoods to fill in un-walked streets.

This eastern edge of neighborhood abuts I-5 and lots of new "luxury" housing is within earshot of the traffic.

This area is home to many healthcare and biotech companies including Fred Hutchinson,

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA),

Dendreon and Zymogenetics (in the old City Light building).

From Eastlake, we took a pedestrian walkway

through a nicely landscaped plaza to Fairview. The plaza provides a campus-like setting for Fred Hutch and SCCA employees.

We saw quite a few land use action signs proposing 4 and 6-story structures for research and lab facilities and a 5-story public storage facility.

Along Fairview, we spotted a Marriott Residence Inn, a Silver Cloud Inn, Edson Park's waterfall (on FredHutch property but open to the public)

and a sign for Seattle Seaplanes.

Back on Eastlake, we saw shops, restaurants and cafes including Grand Central Bakery, Azteca, Eastlake Specialty Market, Irwin's Cafe (in the old City Light Hydro House)

and customers lined up at a food truck.

Along the way, we saw construction near Mercer Street, tiles along Eastlake,
views of the Space Needle, Setting Sail (a sculpture at the intersection of Eastlake and Fairview),

a park underneath I-5,

lots of newer multi-family housing but a few older buildings

and here and there a garden.

Even in the midst of expanding institutions, Seattle's greenery finds a way to burst through.

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