Madrona

Madrona


Named for the species of tree that line the local park, Madrona is a scenic hilltop neighborhood just to the east of the Central District. Madrona comes to an abrupt end on its eastern side at the shores of Lake Washington. To its north is the Madison Valley, while Leschi is to its south. Like so many of the historically diverse neighborhoods in the area, Madrona underwent a demographic-shifting gentrification process in the late 90’s.

Madrona gained its diversity over the years, despite starting out as an overwhelmingly white area. First there was an influx of Chinese-Americans, in the area working at coalmines, followed by an influx of African Americans working in the local shipbuilding industry. By the end of World War II, the side of Madrona that faces the Central District was nearly all African American, while the east side, which faces the water, was not. At the top of the hill is the commercial center of Madrona. A few blocks contain small businesses, shops, restaurants and stores. This is also where the library, the school and the playfield are located.

The steep hill that falls down the east slope of Madrona is filled mainly with houses, as well as the Epiphany Parish private school. At the bottom of the hill both sides of Lake Washington Boulevard are a part of Madrona Park. The hillside is a wooded area, while the lakeside has walking paths and a beach. The beach is a popular summer destination for families, with a play area and barbecue hut.




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