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DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides: Seattle by Eric Amrine

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Fremont

Fremont declared itself an “artists’ republic” in the 1960s, when a community of students, artists, and bohemians moved in, attracted by low rents. The name crystallizes the unflagging spirit of independence, eccentricity, and most of all, nonconformity. In retrospect, what may have begun as an idealistic artists’ enclave was more accurately an early sign of fast advancing gentrification. The scenic Lake Washington Ship Canal and part of Lake Union create its southern border, and passing boats of all sizes continually refresh the view. The drawbridge on busy Fremont Avenue rises and falls deliriously umpteen times a day, snarling traffic that backs up the hill for blocks. The quaint neighborhood spawns new boutiques, clubs, and restaurants ...

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