University District
University District

When this land was first reserved as a potential site for a university or even an industrial center, the land developer called it Brooklyn, comparing the area to Brooklyn, New York, because of its position across the water from the main part of the city. Once the UW was established in 1895, people began referring to the area as University Station, and gradually the name Brooklyn fell by the wayside. The University of Washington was the site of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in the early 1900s, which led to the development of many new buildings, businesses, and the general beautification of the landscape. Much of the architecture still remains on campus, and the developers had the foresight to keep the view of Mt. Rainier unobstructed in many places. University Avenue was the center of the action for visitors. If you’ve been to ‘The Ave’ recently, you know that this phenomenon hasn’t changed in the past 100 years! Nor, probably, will it ever.

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