Alki: The Start of Something Great

Welcome! I’m your guide as we explore the different neighborhoods that make up the Pacific Northwest. We’ll discover hidden gems and I’ll introduce you to the people that live here. Every month I’ll showcase a different neighborhood. For my first article I symbolically chose to write about the place where Seattle also received its start – Alki.

In the fall of 1851 a group of settlers known as the Denny Party made their way to the Puget Sound. They staked their claim on Alki Point. Within a year it was decided that the area now known as Pioneer Square would work better as a port, and to make a long story short, the rest is history.

Many of our familiar street names (that we have no choice but to stare at while stuck in traffic) have come from the names of those in the Denny Party: Boren, Bell and of course, Denny.

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Evofit: Evolution of the Gym

There is an unexpected short lived benefit of living in a city that has a backlog of properties anticipating redevelopment. Vacant buildings in the heart of neighborhoods are asking for lower short term rents because they are either waiting for construction costs to go down, permitting to go through, or funding. Kylie Kirkland and Sue Austin, the founders of Evofit, were able to score such a location in the heart of West Seattle and build out their dream gym.

Kylie and Sue over the past five years built a community of likeminded women that learned to follow them where ever they could find space. Evofit’s “gym” has evolved from cafe space, community centers, a church basement, parks, and a sublet Crossfit box.

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