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Wallingford is a neighborhood of Seattle. It's North of [[Fremont]], South of [[Green Lake]], West of the [[University District]] and East of [[Aurora]].
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Wallingford is a cute subset of Seattle. It's east of [[Fremont]], south of [[Green Lake]], and west of the [[University District]].
   
 
When you think Wallingford, think [[45th Street]] and the [[Woodland Park Zoo]] (at its northwest corner). Lots of pedestrian activity in the residential areas and along 45th, giving this neighboorhood a homey, friendly feel.
 
When you think Wallingford, think [[45th Street]] and the [[Woodland Park Zoo]] (at its northwest corner). Lots of pedestrian activity in the residential areas and along 45th, giving this neighboorhood a homey, friendly feel.
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[http://www.spl.org/default.asp?pageID=branch_open&branchID=28 Wallingford Library] is the local branch of the library.
 
[http://www.spl.org/default.asp?pageID=branch_open&branchID=28 Wallingford Library] is the local branch of the library.
 
   
 
===Parks and Gardens===
 
===Parks and Gardens===
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[http://www.ci.seattle.wa.us/parks/parkspaces/meridian.htm Meridian Park], 4649 Sunnyside Ave N. Has fields, a basketball hoop, and a kid's play area. Lots of apple trees too, if you're here in September. Volleyball and frisbee groups meet here.
 
[http://www.ci.seattle.wa.us/parks/parkspaces/meridian.htm Meridian Park], 4649 Sunnyside Ave N. Has fields, a basketball hoop, and a kid's play area. Lots of apple trees too, if you're here in September. Volleyball and frisbee groups meet here.
* [http://www.ci.seattle.wa.us/neighborhoods/ppatch/locations/9.htm Good Shepherd P-Patch] (Not pea patch! P stands for [[Picardo Farm|Picardo]], the owner of a farm in [[Wedgwood]] that he donated to the city to become the first P-Patch.) garden on the south end of Meridian Park. It's small, but fun to look through, see what people are growing.
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* [http://www.ci.seattle.wa.us/neighborhoods/ppatch/locations/9.htm Good Shepherd P-Patch] (Not pea patch! P stands for Picardo, the owner of a farm in Wedgwood that he donated to the city to become the first P-Patch.) garden on the south end of Meridian Park. It's small, but fun to look through, see what people are growing.
 
* [http://www.nonprofitcenters.org/centers/profiles.php?op=view&id=89 Good Shepherd Center], adjacent to Meridian Park. An old center for "wayward girls", it is now a building that houses a school, senior center, many nonprofit organizations, and artist lofts.
 
* [http://www.nonprofitcenters.org/centers/profiles.php?op=view&id=89 Good Shepherd Center], adjacent to Meridian Park. An old center for "wayward girls", it is now a building that houses a school, senior center, many nonprofit organizations, and artist lofts.
:*[http://www.seattletilth.org/ Seattle Tilth], one of the nonprofits in the Good Shepherd Center, has a demonstration edible garden in Meridian Park.
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:*[http://www.seattletilth.org/ Seattle Tilth], one of the nonprofits in the Good Shepherd Center, has a demonstration edible garden in Meridian Park.
   
 
===Shops===
 
===Shops===
   
Wallingford [[QFC]] supermarket - most notable for the large "WALLINGFORD" letters atop the store, and major nearby bus access. Until the mid-1990s it was an independent supermarket called FOOD GIANT. When QFC took over, they took down the sign, but there was a bunch of unrest about it. So the owners rearranged the old letters and added a few new ones.
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Wallingford [[QFC]] supermarket - most notable for the large "WALLINGFORD" letters atop the store, and major nearby bus access. Until the mid-1990s it was an independent supermarket called FOOD GIANT. When QFC took over, they took down the sign, but there was a bunch of unrest about it. So the owners rearranged the old letters and added a few new ones.
   
[http://www.wallingfordcenter.com/ Wallingford Center], across the street. It's an old schoolhouse that has been converted into shops with apartments above. There's currently a controversy between the tenants and the building owner, whose rates are high. Several favorite neighborhood stores have closed down here in recent years.
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[http://www.wallingfordcenter.com/ Wallingford Center], across the street. It's an old schoolhouse that has been converted into shops with apartments above. There's currently a controversy between the tenants and the building owner, whose rates are high. Several favorite neighborhood stores have closed down here in recent years.
   
 
[http://www.landmarktheatres.com/Market/Seattle/Guild45thTheatre.htm Guild 45th Theater] - Classic theater built in 1919, with two screens in two buildings separated by a pizza joint
 
[http://www.landmarktheatres.com/Market/Seattle/Guild45thTheatre.htm Guild 45th Theater] - Classic theater built in 1919, with two screens in two buildings separated by a pizza joint
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*[[Dick's Drive-In Restaurants|Dick's Drive-In]] - hamburgers, as usual, also on the East end.
 
*[[Dick's Drive-In Restaurants|Dick's Drive-In]] - hamburgers, as usual, also on the East end.
 
*[http://www.goldenoldies-records.com/ Golden Oldies Records], on 45th just a few blocks west of I-5. My goodness, they don't still sell vinyl 45s, do they?
 
*[http://www.goldenoldies-records.com/ Golden Oldies Records], on 45th just a few blocks west of I-5. My goodness, they don't still sell vinyl 45s, do they?
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*[http://www.asteroidcafe.com/ The Asteroid Cafe] - ''awesome'' Italian food, very strange appearance from the outside, though. There's a gigantic "meteor" on top of the otherwise normal-looking building. Inside, it's cramped but lively, and the staff are friendly. A plate will cost you $20-$30 and it'll be excellent.
 
*Sushi - there are a LOT of sushi places in Wallingford - they're all good
 
*Sushi - there are a LOT of sushi places in Wallingford - they're all good
 
*Moon Temple - Chinese restaurant and lounge across the street from the Guild 45th
 
*Moon Temple - Chinese restaurant and lounge across the street from the Guild 45th
*[http://teahousekuanyin.com/ Teahouse Kuan Yin] at 1911 N. 45th St—Expensive but excellent tea. A quiet place to hang out for awhile.
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*Teahouse Kuan Yin at 1911 N. 45th St—Expensive but excellent tea. A quiet place to hang out for awhile.
 
*[http://bottleworks.com Bottleworks] - ''Fabulous'' beer store, specializing in Belgian beer. Fancy chocolate, too.
 
*[http://bottleworks.com Bottleworks] - ''Fabulous'' beer store, specializing in Belgian beer. Fancy chocolate, too.
 
* [http://notanumbergifts.com Not A Number Cards and Gifts] - Featuring Fun Stuff, Toys, Eco oriented products, local artists, and political items, newly opened Not A Number (10 months), brings a sense of fun to Wallingford.
 
   
 
===Events===
 
===Events===
 
* [http://www.stbens.net/wurstfest.shtml Wallingford Wurst Festival]
 
* [http://www.stbens.net/wurstfest.shtml Wallingford Wurst Festival]
* [http://www.wallingford.org Wallingford Garden Tour - Sunday June 6, 2010 10am-4pm ]
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* Wallingford Garden Tour
* [http://www.wallingford.org Wallingford/Seafair Kiddies Parade and Street Fair - Saturday July 10, 2010 ]
 
* [http://www.wallingford.org Wallingford Home Tour- Sunday Oct 3, 2010 11am-4pm]
 
 
* Seattle Tilth Plant Sale - first weekend in May
 
* Seattle Tilth Plant Sale - first weekend in May
 
* Seattle Tilth Harvest Fair - mid-September
 
* Seattle Tilth Harvest Fair - mid-September
 
* Peace Concerts - in Woodland Park
 
* Peace Concerts - in Woodland Park
   
==Buses==
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==Busses==
 
Major bus lines passing through Wallingford are the [[16 (bus)|16]] (travels between downtown and the Northgate transit center), the [[26 (bus)|26]] (travels between Greenlake, through downtown and turns into the 42) and the [[44 (bus)|44]] (travels between the [[University District|U District]] and [[Ballard]]). The [[Metro Transit|buses]] arrive frequently and regularly.
 
Major bus lines passing through Wallingford are the [[16 (bus)|16]] (travels between downtown and the Northgate transit center), the [[26 (bus)|26]] (travels between Greenlake, through downtown and turns into the 42) and the [[44 (bus)|44]] (travels between the [[University District|U District]] and [[Ballard]]). The [[Metro Transit|buses]] arrive frequently and regularly.
   
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
There's a street in Wallingford called [[Woodland Park Avenue N]]. If you look at it on the edge in the right places, you can see where the road has worn thin, and you can see ''red brick'' beneath it. That is, there is old red brick beneath the road. In the early days of Seattle, many roads were paved with brick or cobblestones instead of pavement.
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There's a street in Wallingford called [[Woodland Park Avenue N]]. If you look at it on the edge in the right places, you can see where the road has worn thin, and you can see ''red brick'' beneath it. That is, there is old red brick beneath the road. In the early days of Seattle, many roads were paved with brick or cobblestones instead of pavement.
   
Wallingford has a small neighborhood paper. It originally was the North Central Outlook, which got combined with the University Herald. It is now known as the [[North Seattle Herald]] and can be viewed on-line at http://www.northseattleherald-outlook.com .
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Wallingford has/had a small neighborhood paper; I don't know if it's in circulation any more.
   
 
The original Food Giant flashes by in the opening credits of the film "Singles".
 
The original Food Giant flashes by in the opening credits of the film "Singles".
   
 
== External Links ==
 
== External Links ==
* [http://www.wallyhood.org Wallyhood, the Wallingford neighborhood blog]
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* [http://www.gonorthwest.com/Washington/seattle/Wallingford/Wallingford.htm GoNorthwest Wallingford]
* [http://www.wallingford.org, Wallingford Neighborhood Office, located at 45th and Meridian (behind Tully's)]
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* [[Wikipedia:Wallingford, Seattle, Washington|Wallingford article]] on Wikipedia
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