Can you please solve my marital dispute? My husband and I disagree about which neighborhood we live in.
We live in that “Tangletown” area north of 50th and south of Zoka. Between Meridian and Latona. Where all the streets are crooked and some call it Narnia because it’s easy to get hopelessly lost. I thought we were officially listed as living in Greenlake with the City but hopefully I’m wrong. My husband self-identifies as living in Wallingford. Who is right?
Confused in Narnia
We can tell you what neighborhood your house is in: undeniably, irrevocably, indisputably Wallingford. How do we know? We read it on the Internets, in this case, both Zillow and Wikipedia agree that Wallingford stretches from Lake Union at the south to N 60th St at the North.
But this is really only half the question. More important is what neighborhood is your heart in? We can’t answer that for you, but we can offer some guidance. For example, come the weekend, what are you most inspired to do? Don a velour track suit and power walk your labradoodle around Green Lake, or grab a Mighty-O donut and a cup of coffee and walk to Meridian park, where you toss a well-chewed frisbee for your mutt? When you think chowder, do you think “Ivar’s” or do you think “Duke’s”?
Really, though, it is not our intent to create inter-neighborhood disputes. If you feel Green Lake, bless you and yours. We love our neighboring neighborhoods and those who live in them.
It is worth pointing out, however, that Woodland Park is filled with wild monkeys. Proceed with caution.
I appreciate the clarification about what is Wallingford and what isn't. I've lived in Wallingford since '64 (on 54th & Kensington, then 50th & Latona). Went to McDonald Elementary (Wallingford), Marshall Jr. High (Greenlake) and Lincoln High (Wallingford). I hadn't heard the "Tangletown" name until the Zoka Coffee House moved in and developed their "Tangletown" blend, pulling the name from a little historical research. Zoka is so confused, listing their location on 56th as "Greenlake Zoka". Talk about reinventing the neighborhood through ignorance, then having others believing it 'cause it is on the web. All Zoka had to do, and newcomers could do, is ask someone who has lived in the neighborhood for 3 – 4 decades and they'll probably give you a better answer than a coffee shop. Welcome to Wallingford, everyone!!
I would like to nominate Aurora as the western boundary of Wallingford. For some reason people seem to use Stone Way as the edge, but Aurora is so much harder to get across it might as well be a river. If we can annex the Stone Way to Aurora section, we’ll add quite a few blocks to Wallingford and maybe increase our tax base. Then we can fund improvements to our army of killer robots.
As someone living on Woodland Park Ave. N, west of Stone Way and east of Aurora, there’s no doubt where my heart is. Wallingford!
Well, the City of Seattle has Wallingford over to Aurora for a bit, down to 45th. Enough that Kid Valley is definately ours!
If we annexed all the way to the ship canal, we would have that very strange space under Aurora, with the Fremont Troll…..that would be a little to spacy for Wallingford. That is definately a “Freakmont” area.
But Woodland Park Ave N is a part of Wallingford!!