Georgetown

Georgetown


Georgetown is a fun, funky little neighborhood, nestled into a cozy corner of Seattle. Bordered to the north by railroad tracks, to the west by the Duwamish River—after which is West Seattle, to the east by Interstate 5—beyond which is Beacon Hill, and to the south by Boeing Field, Georgetown has hard boundaries on every side and nowhere to grow. Due to its geography, Georgetown was long a forgotten neighborhood of industrial structures and not a whole lot else. Its revival began later than many neighborhoods in the city and was much less gentrifying than some and more a change of direction.

Today the noise of Boeing Field still roars overhead, the trains still whistle as that rattle by, but no longer is this a detraction from the neighborhood, but rather an emblem of what it is. Industrial buildings have been repurposed to house hard drinkers in bars, restaurants and other establishments.

To any long time Seattleite, the Rainier Brewery symbolizes Georgetown. The building itself was taken over by Tully’s Coffee and the beer is brewed elsewhere now. The giant neon ‘R’ that used to sit atop it has gone just a short distance away to SoDo, where it tops the Light Link Rail station (‘R’ for rail). Now called the ‘Georgetown Brewhouse’ it houses a variety of small businesses—including one local brewery.

A strange but popular sight in Georgetown is the ‘Hat n’ Boots’, a building-sized sculpture of, well, a hat and pair of boots. It was previously a service station, located on the side of Highway 99, when it was the main highway through town. With the advent of Interstate 5, the station closed, though the structure remains.




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