Northgate
Northgate

As one of the largest neighborhoods in north Seattle, Northgate has it all. It can be divided into four smaller sections: Haller Lake, Pinehurst, Maple Leaf, and North College Park (or Licton Springs), and has everything from a private lake to the world’s first mall.

It’s hard to imagine the Northgate area as it once was—a bog, inhabited by Native Americans and farmed for cranberries and other wild foods. Settlements crept in as they often do, and now we have Interstate 5, North Seattle Community College, and the Northgate mall in place of the original habitat. The mall is its own kind of jungle, however. And apparently this was the country’s first shopping center to be called a “mall,” so we should all take a moment to thank this neighborhood for revolutionizing our collective retail experiences. More recently, new housing and commercial complexes have been built, while at the same time work has been done to preserve and protect Thornton Creek, which runs through the neighborhood.

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