At The Evergrey, we’re constantly scrolling through city maps so we can tell you what neighborhood things are in. We’ve found that’s a handy, shorthand way to give you a sense of how far you have to go to get to them. There’s just one problem: Neighborhoods — even the most familiar ones — can be hard to pin down.
So we took some screenshots of our city on Google Maps and posted them to Facebook, with a question: What did Google get wrong? Lots of you replied with odd things you’d noticed.
> “I’ve never heard anyone refer to the ‘Harrison’ area,” wrote Christina Anne.
> “The map is also missing North Beacon Hill (very much its own neighborhood north of Jefferson Park), Rainier Beach, and Alaska Junction,” wrote Robert Letchworth.
And then there’s something a few of you pointed out: Where the heck is the Central District, one of the most culturally significant neighborhoods in the city?
We’re just as confused as you are. And to try to get to the bottom of this, we’re visiting Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods later today and interviewing director Kathy Nyland. Got something you’d like us to bring up? Hit reply or email us at [email protected], or just leave a comment on our Facebook post. We’ll be sharing your questions with Kathy.
Wish us luck! 🔎