Delridge is a district in West Seattle, Washington that stretches along Delridge Way, an arterial that follows the eastern slope of the valley of Longfellow Creek, from near its source just within the southern city limits north to the West Seattle Bridge over the Duwamish River.
The Delridge district is a mostly residential and open space district that lies generally between the eastern ridge on which South Seattle Community College sits and the western ridge that peaks in the High Point district. The Delridge Neighborhood Plan Area includes most of the area within the valley itself. Some other nearby neighborhoods also have Neighborhood Plan Areas.
The City of Seattle also uses the term Delridge more loosely to describe an informal collection of neighborhoods near the Delridge valley. This area is not precisely defined, but often is considered to be bounded by the Duwamish River to the north and east, unincorporated White Center to the south, and West Seattle to the west along 35th Avenue SW. That area includes (north to south, east to west) the Pigeon Point, Youngstown, Riverview, High Point, Highland Park, Westwood, and Roxhill neighborhoods, and some industrial areas near the river.
Pigeon Point is the northern end of the bluff above the Duwamish, east of the old Youngstown neighborhood that surrounds the steel mill, in what real estate listings often now call North Delridge. South Delridge has also replaced Westwood on some maps, but neither of the new half-Delridge terms have entered common speech among longtime area residents.
Boeing Hill is the steep forested slope up which Highland Park Way courses. Like other nearby areas outside Delridge's own Longfellow Creek valley, this large greenbelt on the Duwamish's west bank is sometimes included in "Delridge Neighborhoods" in recent City maps and documents, as are the industrial area north of Spokane Street, Harbor Island, and the northern part of the heavy-industrial zone east of West Marginal Way along the lower Duwamish Waterway serving the Industrial District.
- Cottage Grove (southeastern "North Delridge")
- High Point (west of central Delridge)
- Highland Park (east of 16th Avenue South, near city limits)
- North Delridge (the golf course, Youngstown north of it, Pigeon Point northeast of it, and Cottage Grove east of it)
- Pigeon Point (northeastern "North Delridge")
- Riverview (around South Seattle Community College, centered on 16th Ave, north of Highland Park)
- Roxhill (western half of Westwood)
- Snake Hill (between Camp Long and High Point, west of Longfellow Creek)
- South Delridge (eastern half of Westwood)
- Westwood (between 35th and 16th Avenue South, near city limits)
- Youngstown (the flats east of Avalon Way, around the steel mill)
Cottage Grove is an area originally platted by Puget Mill Company between 1918 and 1923. It is generally bounded on the north by Southwest Genesee Street, on the west by West Seattle Golf Course, on the south by Southwest Juneau Street and on the east by 21st Avenue Southwest. It is the area immediately South and adjacent to Youngstown. It is sometimes referred to as Youngstown. For example, the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center is actually in Cottage Grove.
High Point is so named because it is the highest point of land in Seattle, 520 feet (158 m) above sea level. It is most well known for the recently demolished World War II temporary worker housing project of the same name that for five decades (1952–2002) served as low income housing, in particular for many refugees and immigrants when they first arrived in Seattle.
Highland Park is traditionally a working-class neighborhood, due to its proximity to Boeing Field and other employers in the Industrial District. As with White Center immediately to the south, it now features wide demographic and ethnic diversity. Westcrest Park is adjacent to the West Seattle Reservoir. It offers an off-leash dog area.
The Pigeon Point neighborhood is located on a high bluff directly south of the West Seattle Bridge at the south end of Elliott Bay. Boundaries include Spokane Street SW on the north, Delridge Avenue SW on the west, West Marginal Way and the Duwamish Waterway on the east, and Puget Park/Oregon Avenue on the south. Pigeon Point is home to the new Cooper Elementary School.
South Seattle Community College (1970) is in Riverview. The college is notable for the South Seattle Community College Arboretum. The Seattle Chinese Garden borders the Arboretum. The gardens are on the bluff overlooking the Duwamish River. Boundaries include Puget Park/Oregon Avenue on the north, Delridge Avenue SW on the west, Highland Park Way SW, West Marginal Way SW and the Duwamish Waterway on the east, and SW Orchard Street, Dumar Way SW and SW Holden Street on the south.
Longfellow Creek flows through Roxhill Park.
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Snake Hill is generally bounded on the north by Southwest Brandon Street (Camp Long and West Seattle Golf Course), on the west by 31st Avenue Southwest, on the south by Southwest Juneau Street (High Point) and on the east by 29th Avenue Southwest (Longfellow Creek).
The partially restored wetland source of Longfellow Creek is in Westwood.
A "big box" plaza called Westwood Village has expanded in recent years. Stores include Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Staples and Marshall's.
Many new town homes are being developed in this neighborhood.
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The Youngstown neighborhood is the dell through which Longfellow Creek flows to the mudflats of the Duwamish River estuary. The neighborhood was rough and rowdy in the early years of White settlement, built in the 1900s for the immigrant steelworkers at nearby Seattle Steel (long thereafter Bethlehem Steel, now Nucor Steel). The Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (1999) opened in 2006, developed by the city-sponsored nonprofit Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association in the old Frank B. Cooper School (Youngstown School, 1917, renamed 1939) on Delridge Way. The school is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Notes and references
- "Delridge Neighborhood Plan Area". Neighborhood Plans, Department of Neighborhoods. Strategic Planning Office, City of Seattle. 1999. Retrieved 2008-03-08.
- "Southwest Neighborhood Planning Map". Neighborhood Plan Implementation, Department of Neighborhoods. City of Seattle. Retrieved 2008-03-08.
- "Delridge Neighborhoods Neighborhood District". City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development. 2006. Retrieved 2008-12-14.
- "My Neighborhood". My Neighborhood Map. City of Seattle. Retrieved 2008-03-08.
- Wilma, David (2002-08-26). "High Point Branch, The Seattle Public Library". HistoryLink: the Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History. HistoryLink.org. Retrieved 2008-03-08.
- "South Seattle Community College Arboretum". 2005-09-12. Archived from the original on 2006-07-10. Retrieved 2006-08-21.
- "Creek Restoration". Seattle Public Utilities Drainage and Sewer System Projects. Seattle Public Utilities, City of Seattle. Retrieved 2008-03-08.[dead link]
- Wilma, David (2001-04-08). "Seattle Steel Co. begins manufacturing steel products on May 4, 1905.". HistoryLink: the Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History. HistoryLink.org. Retrieved 2008-03-08.
- (1) "Youngstown Cultural Arts Center". Retrieved 2006-08-21.
(2) "History". About - History. Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. Retrieved 2006-08-21.
- Seattle City Clerk's Neighborhood Map Atlas — Delridge
- Delridge History
- Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association
- Dragonfly Pavilion and Garden
- Duwamish River Cleanup
- Duwamish Tribe
- Friends of Southwest Branch Library
- Highland Park Action Committee
- Highland Park Improvement Club
- Longfellow Creek
- North Delridge Neighborhood Council
- Pigeon Point Neighborhood Council
- People for Puget Sound: Duwamish Alive!
- Riverview Neighborhood Council
- Riverview Trail Improvement Project
- West Seattle Blog
- Westwood Neighborhood Council