Who said there are no second acts in American life? When Paul Allen’s Seattle Commons dream was KO’d by voters in 1995, Allen’s Vulcan Inc. and other developers did it the old fashioned way: They bought up the land and performed their own extreme makeover.
South Lake Union is a hub for life-science activity, which includes Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Zymogenetics, Battelle, Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington School of Medicine branch campus.
with its employment base of 12,000-14,000 people, is
headquartered here and Cornish College of the Arts is a strong presence. Some of the old landmark buildings remain: Pacific McKay and Ford
McKay, 601-15 Westlake Ave. N.; Troy Laundry Building, 311-329 Fairview Ave. N. and the Seattle Times Building, 1120 John St.
In 2007 the South Lake Union Transit streetcar (those who have yet to escape junior high school like to make jokes about the streetcar’s acronym) began running between South Lake Union and Westlake Center downtown.
• South Lake Union Park: 860 Terry Ave. N. A truly fine park of five acres deeded to the city by the US Navy in 2000 with its Center for Wooden Boats and vintage Naval Reserve Building, home to the Museum of History and Industry beginning in November 2012. www.atlakeunionpark.org
• South Lake Union Chamber of Commerce: www.sluchamber.org
• Seattle Streetcar: www.seattlestreetcar.org
Zip: 98109. Boundaries: The city officially designates the boundaries as: South: Denny Way; East: I-5; West: State Route 99; North: Galer Street, Lake Union and East Newton Place.