Downtown is the center of Seattle's business districts. Because of its geographical location, it is more compact than most other cities on the West Coast. Its limitation by hills to the north and east, as well as Elliott Bay to the west, has helped create this layout.
If you go north, you'll find Denny Way. This is where Lower Queen Anne starts and this area is also rich in history. Going eastwards will lead to Interstate 5 which is home to Capitol Hill and Central District. A bit south can be found S Dearborn.
Belltown, Denny Triangle, the retail district, the West Edge, the financial district, the government district and Pioneer Square make up downtown Seattle's business centre. Chinatown and Japantown lie beyond Broadway. Little Saigon and the western flank of First Hill lie west of Broadway.
The Metropolitan Tract is centrally located in downtown Seattle and is currently owned by the University of Washington. The land was originally used for their campus before 1895.
Downtown is the financial & commercial heart of Seattle - it's also where much of the nightlife can be found for shopping for clothes or having a drink. Westlake Center is within walking distance of Seattle Center, making it really convenient to pop out there when you have time.
The tallest building in Seattle is the Columbia Center, which has 76 floors and is 240 meters tall. Smith Tower used to be the tallest but lost that title in 1985.
Many important buildings can be found in Seattle. Some notable examples include the 1201 Third Avenue (formerly the Washington Mutual Tower), Two Union Square, and Nordstrom's flagship store. The Seattle Central Library and Benaroya Hall are also well worth a visit.
Belltown's Olympic Sculpture Park is one of the best public sculptures spaces in the nation, with 25 large-scale works that engage with both Belltown and Seattle's rich cultural heritage. These include Alexander Calder, Claes Oldenburg, Mark di Suvero, Richard Serra, Maria Nordman and Niki de Saint Phalle.
Downtown Seattle is also home to the popular Pike Place Market, the oldest continually operating farmers' market in the United States. The Market is the social hub of downtown, catering to residents of all ages.
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The Denny family moved across the bay after abandoning their camping spot, naming the new land settlement "New York Alki", before seeing it again under different circumstances. Upon ascending what is now called Federal Way Hill or Beacon Hill, they met with cultivated fields and orchards.
Back in the late 1800s, present-day Downtown Seattle was the residential outskirts of the city. After the Great Seattle Fire, this area became popular due to its proximity to their main business district's location which is now in that area.