Central District

Can the Heart and Soul of the Central District Survive Redevelopment?

Gentrification threatens to erase the cultural underpinnings of Seattle’s once predominantly black neighborhood.

Fat’s Chicken and Waffles, which opened last year in the iconic Catfish Corner space at East Cherry Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way, is considered by some an example of “gentrification done right.”

Jake Bullinger

Documenting the Central District’s Legacy—Before It’s Gone

The Shelf Life project captures life in the rapidly gentrifying CD.

It’s no secret that gentrification has encroached on the Central District (CD), once home to much of Seattle’s African-American population. The Jackson Street Red Apple grocery—a neighborhood hub—is the latest to fall by the wayside. With demolition of the store scheduled for 2018, local artists Jill Freidberg, Domonique Meeks, Mayowa Aina, Henry Luke, Carina Del…

Callie Little

Looking at Gentrification in Seattle

How historic preservation is boosting diversity at a time of gentrification

Seattle’s Central District is a prime example of an area that’s experiencing extreme change

Knute Berger

Changes in the Central District Affect the African-American Community

As gentrification pushes African-Americans, should the city step in to protect their interests?

When Mount Calvary Christian Center pastor Reggie Witherspoon was growing up in the Central District in the 1960s and ’70s, the neighborhood was tight-knit and largely African-American. But today, it’s another story. “It’s radically different,” he says. Now, he can visit the neighborhood and not see any African-Americans. “I never thought I would see the…

Naomi Ishisaka

Café Nordo’s Compelling New Food Manifesto

Wending through the creaky, unlit passages that served as intermissions during the nearly four-hour long Café Nordo’s Cabinet of Curiosities “show”, I couldn’t stop thinking about Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Not the gory, traumatizing moments in the movie (I still get chills around long stretches of patterned carpet)—but, specifically, the scene where Jack Nicholson’s character…

Seattle Mag

Foreclosure: Up Close and Personal

In case you ever wondered what a foreclosure looks like: The folks over at Washington Community Action Network just alerted me to a sad story about Dixie Mitchell, a Central District resident who may lose her home in spite of efforts to take advantage of the Foreclosure Fairness Act, which Seattle Business magazine reported on…

Seattle Mag

Urban Safari: Madrona

A peaceful hilltop neighborhood nestled between Lake Washington and the Central District

 This peaceful hilltop neighborhood nestled between Lake Washington and the Central District is best known for local faves such as the Hi Spot (killer breakfasts), St. Clouds (delicious all day long) and the Madrona Ale House (as popular with kids as with grownups). But several new shops and restaurants along 34th Avenue between Pike and…

Eran Afner