The real estate section of The Seattle Times has a new, full write-up on the neighborhood. Read the whole piece here (by Diana Wum) to find out what most of us already know about our incomparable neighborhood:
Columbia City is the exception to the rule when it comes to most neighborhoods near downtown Seattle.
The personality of the area, with its community pride and original historic buildings, has remained intact even through a period of growth and rising popularity.
One reason may be that Columbia City has been designated a historic landmark district in Seattle.
This requires oversight by a board of citizens who make sure the buildings and public spaces retain their historic appearance, and that the character of the buildings in the area is preserved.
This is evident when you take a look around the neighborhood, which is located in the Rainier Valley area of southeast Seattle between Interstate 5 and Lake Washington.
From the Andrew Carnegie-funded Columbia City branch of the Seattle Public Library, built in 1914, to the colorful storefronts, it’s rare to find a neighborhood that has more turn-of-the-century houses and shops than sky-high town homes and condos.
More and more, people are choosing to live in the area as an alternative to downtown, says Rob Mohn, owner of the Shirley Marvin, an extended-stay hotel. He is a neighborhood advocate who has worked for years to help improve the area.
“There is a small-town friendliness here, and a great sense of place,” he says…