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.