Northgate

Northgate


Northgate is both a mall and the neighborhood that surrounds it on the northern edge of Seattle. The neighborhood is actually a collection of smaller areas, which are scattered about the area around the mall. These include Maple Leaf, Pinehurst, Haller Lake and Licton Springs.

The Northgate mall itself was the first mall to be so-called in America, and at the time, in 1950, it was in fact the northern gate of Seattle. While Seattle now extends north to 145th street (the mall is around 105th), it remains a modern shopping center that draws people in from around the north end of Seattle. While the streets near the mall have long been a convenient place for strip malls and hangers-on to set up shop, recently other, larger stores have also begun to capitalize on the crowds the mall brings in. One such place is ‘Northgate North,’ which includes a Best Buy and a Target, amongst other big box stores. In an effort to combat this, in 2008, Northgate itself expanded, hoping to keep more shoppers within its confines with greater options.

Just south of the mall is the Northgate Transit Center, a hub for buses to and from downtown Seattle and the northern suburbs of the city. To the east of the shopping mall runs Interstate 5, across which is the North Seattle Community College. There are few other areas of note in the neighborhood, as it is mainly residential, filled with people who work in the shops or who commute to downtown for their jobs. The architecture, with one notable exception, is thus rather mundane, filled with apartments and houses into which little thought went for design. The stand out from this rule is the mosque in Pinehurst, the first mosque west of the Mississippi to be built in a Middle Eastern design (in 1981).




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