Central District

Meet the museum leader who helps Seattle celebrate black history

The biggest lesson LaNesha DeBardelaben’s learned since moving to Seattle to lead the Northwest African American Museum: “to be true to myself.”

/ January 22, 2019


How did the Central District become Seattle’s historically black neighborhood?

The answer involves a restaurant, generous neighbors, racism, and some seriously awful housing policies, like redlining.

/ January 15, 2019


Spotlight on the Central District

The Central District is a historically black community that’s been changing a lot very quickly. To learn about the CD, its community, and its spirit, we talked to some of the dedicated folks who call it home — and who are fighting to make sure longtime residents don’t get pushed out. From looking at the […]

/ January 15, 2019


Video: These guys (and gal) know fish

Pike Place market isn’t the only spot in Seattle to find good seafood. Turns out, the Central District is home to some fish mongers who really know their product. After slinging fish at some of the most prominent markets in town, Sal Panelo decided to open his own place. The offerings at Seattle Fish Guys […]

/ January 15, 2019


Central District: A diverse residential and business community for Seattle to explore

Timothy Eberly With a deep history as one of Seattle’s oldest and most diverse residential neighborhoods, the Central District has many stories to tell. The area is filled with historic homes, a wide variety of restaurants (we’re totally craving breakfast at Cafe Selam), and a thriving arts and culture scene. By partnering with The Evergrey, […]

/ January 9, 2019


Video: 4 buildings that shaped Seattle’s Central District

A lot has changed in our city over the past ten years. At the same time, Seattle still has plenty of special spots — locations that offer a window to our past and point the way to a vibrant future.

/ January 2, 2019


Video: Seattle’s spot for fresh dance moves

Go to Washington Hall on a Monday night and you’ll step onto “the best floor in Seattle.” Washington Hall is an iconic, historic place that’s played host to the likes of Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, and Jimi Hendrix. But on “Soulful Mondays,” it’s a playground for anyone who’s into street-style dance and wants to master […]

/ December 20, 2018


Video: We’re more than barbers – Earl’s Cuts and Styles

Earl Lancaster has been running Earl’s Cuts and Styles in heart of the Central District for more than 26 years. He’s the man behind the scissors, but he insists he’s just the “first person they come to when bills need to be paid.” The shop is a community gathering place and a training ground for […]

/ December 17, 2018


Hear from your Central District neighbors in Seattle’s new Shelf Life podcast

In 2017, the Red Apple grocery store — a beloved neighborhood hub in the Central District — closed its doors. As its shelves emptied, local documentarian and Central District resident Jill Freidberg set out to collect stories from the community about the market and the neighborhood quickly changing around it.

/ June 6, 2018


Seattle architect: Let’s ask how we can benefit from gentrification, not stop it

Many Seattleites want to know how to stop gentrification. But one architect and longtime Central Area resident says what he and his neighbors should be asking is how they can make gentrification work for them.

/ September 20, 2017