Thursday, February 20, 2014


Today's 6.9 mile walk in the area between Yesler and I-90 from Rainier to 20th was full of surprises.

The biggest surprise was the amount of new housing that has gone in,

is in the process of going in

or is in the planning stage.

There are still a few older single family homes but they are the minority.

There appears to be established subsidized and government or nonprofit financed housing including Wisteria View Manor (HUD subsidized),

Artspace Hiawatha Lofts (city, state and various other funders) with shops on the ground floor,

Seattle Keiko (Japanese Community),

Midori Condominiums (Japanese Community),

Aridell Mitchell Home (Goodwill sponsored),

Kawabe Memorial House (The Seattle Foundation)

and this housing which had a sign reading "Proudly sponsored by the Aerospace Machinist Industrial District 751."

I was almost surprised to come across Legacy at Pratt Park (with the Wonder Bread sign on top) which appears to be market rate, for-profit housing.

This apartment house is on Pratt Park with its basketball courts and P-Patch.

This hilly area abuts I-90 and I spotted a sculpture in the buffering park. Darigold offices (pictured in a prior post) are just north of this park.

This area is home to Pratt Fine Arts Center, St. Mary's Church, Gidden School, Franz Bakery Outlet, Martin Luther King Jr. Day Home Center (all pictured in prior posts), San Fernando Roasted Chicken Peruvian Food, Cascade Oil Company, Bailey Gatzert Elementary School,

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center

where I spotted one of the designer manhole covers,

Seattle Farm Co-op,

Chau Viet Nam Temple,

Saint Peter's Episcopal Parish,

the Original Field Roast Grain Meat Company with its colorful mural,

the Japanese Congregational Church, IBEW Local 77, Community Capital Development, 1-World LLC, Washington Medical Clinic,

Fulgencio Lazo Studio with colorful artwork in the windows,

Konko Church of Seattle,

Shingon USA Seattle Koyasan Buddhist Temple (which is planning an addition), Seattle Dojo,

Seattle Buddhist Church

across the street from a lovely private park,

Seattle Japanese Language School, the Japanese Cultural Community Center,

the Jewelbox (a cute little Japanese resale shop open Thurs/Fi/Sat 10-3),

a Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall,

Antioch Missionary Baptist Church

and a building that appears to house Seattle First Church, Gran Oriente Filipino and VFW Seattle Post 6599 and the Ladies Auxiliary.

Along the way, I noted artwork outside the Artspace Lofts,

a P-Patch over a pipeline right of way

(this P-Patch even had chickens and ducks),

a mural on the West Coast Printing building, trolly tracks being laid,

a corner filled with bamboo plants,

great views of the Olympic Mountains and a threat to dog poopers.

This walk was so full of discoveries that it has taken me longer to blog about it than to walk it. I noted housing, greenspace, the arts, churches and a Japanese presence lending a sense of history to a changing neighborhood.

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