Fall for Columbia City, Washington

In Seattle's Rainier Valley, a neighborhood enjoys its rapid rise from dumpy to desirable

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Columbia City Farmers Market

October is the final month for finding fresh-baked breads, wild mushrooms, and other fall treats at the Columbia City Farmers Market.

John Granen

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There's a humble, aw-shucks mentality permeating Columbia City that's hard to not be smitten with.

Friendly and proud (if also somewhat bewildered) over the sonic-speed real-estate boom in their south Seattle burg, locals are eager to pay it forward. At the movie house, owner Paul Doyle is quick to recommend a theater show down the block. A new restaurateur, unprovoked, raves about the eatery across the street.

For visitors, a simple Saturday shopping trip often extends into an evening out.



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