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From Old To New In SLU


When I moved to Seattle in 1989, my children went to pre-school in this downtown industrial neighborhood called Cascadia or the Cascade neighborhood, home to laundry services and the wholesale flower market. It wasn’t one bit glamorous or chic. The moniker South Lake Union hadn’t been invented yet.

I remember when the recent wave of development began here and journalists were fishing around for how to call it. Early on, some of us used the name Allentown since Paul Allen’s Vulcan properties was mostly responsible for the new look.

Obviously, Allentown didn’t take, but I still like it.

And even though it is still possible to find vestiges of old Seattle in South Lake Union, these are disappearing quickly.





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