The Central District Travel Guide

The Central District

The predominantly residential Central District, or the "C.D.," lies south of Capitol Hill and northeast of the International District. Its boundaries are roughly 12th Avenue on the west, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on the east, East Madison to the north, and South Jackson Street to the south. As Downtown Seattle rapidly develops, the C.D. is facing a transitional period. Community groups are working hard to ensure that the "revitalization" of the area doesn't come at the expense of stripping the city's oldest residential neighborhood of its history or breaking up and pricing out the community that's hung in there during years of economic blight. It has a few monuments honoring the city’s African American community, as well as some good restaurants and a few landmarks that provide a fairly good survey of architectural trends throughout the decades.

Several pop-culture icons hail from the C.D., including Jimi Hendrix, Quincy Jones, Bruce Lee, and Sir Mix-a-Lot.

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