Lake City was annexed by the City of Seattle in 1954. There is some confusion over the borders, but it is generally accepted that the "Lake CIty Area" or "Northeast District" is everything east of 15th Avenue NE, north of 95th, west of Lake Washington, and south of 145th. The Lake City Area / Northeast District contains the following neighborhoods: Olympic Hills, Cedar Park, Victory Heights, Meadowbrook, and Matthews Beach.
The area roughly within the boudary of 28th Ave NE, NE 130th street, 35th Ave NE, and NE 120th street has been defined a "Hub Urban Village" as part of the City of Seattle's Comprehensive Plan. The intent is to redevelop the Lake City Urban Village into a higher-density residential/commercial district with many services within walking distance, including mass transit hubs.
Although the 522 (Lake City Way) corridor has a disproportionate number of auto lots, inflatable gorillas, and signs in ratio to trees, the ratio is inversed if you walk a few blocks to the east or west of the road. There are many well-established larger trees in the surrounding neighborhoods that create the coveted "park-like setting" that has become a rarity in other neighborhoods where a "mountain view" or some other goeographic plus won the battle (read Crown Hill). This may be due to the fact that the lots are larger on average in this area. There are also many older fruit trees within the neighborhood—remainders from a not-so-distant semi-rural past.
Many of the lots in the northern part of the Lake City area were used for summer cottages by city residents years back. Some of the larger lots in the Olympic Hills Neighborhood were used for growing minks, peacocks, and (the more prosaic) chickens.
More information about Lake City is available at HistoryLink, including a comment by the sculptor of the giant potatoes with machetes stuck in them.
Bill Pierre sells cars here, and there's a cute little park (Homeward Park) squirreled away off 123rd Ave just west of Lake City Way.
Dave lives in Lake City.
When you're in Lake City you are directly...
- ...South of Kenwood (bounded by NE 125th St)
- ...North of Wedgewood (bounded by NE 95th St)
- ...Northeast of Northgate
- ...West of Lake Washington
Here is a link to the City Clerk's Neighborhood Map Atlas showing their definition of the Lake City Area (Area 3 - North City).
Upcoming Community Events
Monday, May 16, 10am (reception 9:30am)
King County Councilmember Carolyn Edmonds will be holding a Town Hall Meeting on the topic of Homelessness.
The event will be held at the Lake City Elks Lodge 14540 Bothell Way NE (aka Lake City Way). It is tucked away behind Deja Vu, so the landmark to look for is single oversized female leg with fishnet stockings.
Caroyln Edmonds' page offers more information on her 10-year plan.
Lake City Community topics
- Clean Streets
- Neighborhood Safety
- Transportation and Parking
- Sidewalks / Safe pedestrian pathways
- Neighborhood Stewardship of Watersheds, Parks, Public Right of Ways, and Vacant Lots
- Hub Urban Village - Commercial and Residential Development
- Skate Park location
Lake City Area Organizations
- Greater Lake City Community Council
- North District Council
- Lake City Chamber of Commerce
- Lake City Lions Club
- Thornton Creek Alliance
- Olympic Hills Community Council
- Victory Heights Community Council
- Meadowbrook Community Council
- Cedar Park Community Council
- Matthews Beach Community Council
Lake City Places of Interest
- Cat and Cannon Used Books
- American Eagles Hobby Shop
- Rauda Scale Models
- North End Train Center
- Lake City Farmers Market
- Cedar Park Arts Center
- Folk Dancing at the Lions Club
- Saturday Flea Markets at the Lions Club