Fremont, Seattle, Washington


Fremont, Seattle, Washington

Fremont is a neighborhood in Seattle, Washington. Originally a separate city, it was annexed to Seattle in 1891. Named after Fremont, Nebraska, the hometown of two of its founders, L. H. Griffith and E. Blewett, it is situated along the Fremont Cut of the Lake Washington Ship Canal to the north of Queen Anne, the east of Ballard, the south of Phinney Ridge, and the southwest of Wallingford. Its boundaries are not formally fixed, but they can be thought of as consisting of the Ship Canal to the south, Stone Way N. to the east, N. 50th Street to the north, and 8th Avenue N.W. to the west.

The neighborhood's main thoroughfares are Fremont and Aurora Avenues N. (north- and southbound) and N. 46th, 45th, 36th, and 34th Streets (east- and westbound). The Aurora Bridge (George Washington Memorial Bridge) carries Aurora Avenue (State Route 99) over the Ship Canal to the top of Queen Anne Hill, and the Fremont Bridge carries Fremont Avenue over the canal to the hill's base.

Sometimes referred to as "The People's Republic of Fremont," and at one time a center of the counterculture, Fremont has somewhat gentrified in recent years. The neighborhood remains home to a controversial statue of Lenin salvaged from Slovakia by a local art lover who was teaching in the area at the time. After the 1989 fall of the Communist government, he brought the statue to Fremont with money raised through a mortgage on his house. In addition to Lenin is the Fremont Troll, an convert|18|ft|m|0|sing=on tall concrete sculpture of a troll crushing a Volkswagen Beetle in its left hand, created in 1990 and situated under the north end of the Aurora Bridge. The street running under the bridge and ending at the Troll was renamed Troll Avenue N. in 2005. In addition, signs throughout Fremont give such helpful advice as "Set your watch ahead five minutes", "Set your watch back five minutes" and "Throw your watch away." Other landmarks include an old rocket fuselage [http://www.fremontseattle.com/myths/rockedit.htm] and the outdoor sculpture Waiting for the Interurban.

Since the late 1990s, some Fremont residents have been referring to their neighborhood as "The Center of the Universe" (which also appears on a large "Welcome" sign). An [http://www.fremontseattle.com/center_frameset.htm unofficial motto] , one which nonetheless appears in brochures and websites about the area, is "Delibertas Quirkas".

The Fremont Arts Council sponsors several highly attended annual events in Fremont. One of those events is the Summer Solstice Parade & Pageant, which has made Fremont famous for its nude Solstice Cyclists. Another event is the Troll-a-ween.

Also important to Fremont is the large block on Linden Avenue N. that contains the B.F. Day Elementary School and B.F. Day Playground, two separate entities. B.F. Day is the longest continually operating school in the Seattle school district, having been founded in 1892.

Another longstanding institution is the Fremont branch of the Seattle Public Library. An informal library predated the 1891 annexation of Fremont to Seattle, and annexation made it the city's first branch library. [Seattle Public Library Annual Report 1915, p. 9, 29.] The present structure dates from 1921.

Fremont is also home to Seattle's newest public park, Fremont Peak Park.

With increased information technology development, Fremont has become increasingly gentrified with the departure of some traditional industries and the growth of quaternary industries. The world headquarters of Getty Images is located in Fremont, as well as Adobe Systems' Seattle offices, BEA Systems' Seattle office, golf and daywear label Cutter & Buck's corporate headquarters, and Hale's Ales brewery. Google opened offices there in 2006. Google has expanded their presence in Fremont by leasing convert|60000|sqft|m2|-3 of the Getty building in July 2007fact|date=May 2007. The original Redhook breweries were located in Fremont until their closures in 1988 and 2002, respectively.

A growing number of technology companies have a presence in Fremont, including Adobe Systems, the Allen Institute for Brain Science, Getty Images, Google, and others. Most of these offices are along the Lake Washington Ship Canal. As a result, the Southern edge of Fremont is now sometimes locally referred to as the "Silicon Canal".

The neighborhood is home to a number of progressive nonprofit organizations, including Literacy Source and Provail (formerly United Cerebral Palsy).

Notes

External links

* [http://www.fremontuniverse.com/ Fremont Universe -- A news blog for Seattle's Fremont neighborhood]
* [http://www.seattlewiki.org/wiki/Fremont SeattleWiki Fremont Article]
* [http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=47.650543,-122.349891&spn=0.009689,0.016215&hl=en Google Map of Fremont]
* [http://www.fremontartscouncil.org Fremont Arts Council]
* [http://www.scn.org/fnc/ Fremont Neighborhood Council]
* [http://www.fremontseattle.com/ Fremont Chamber of Commerce]
* [http://www.fremontpublic.org/index.html Fremont Public Association now Solid Ground homepage]
* [http://www.fremontmarket.com/fremont/ Fremont Sunday Market]
* [http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/62918/da12e/ Jonathan_C's Fremont Page]


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