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The Industrial District West small business community is located in Seattle, Washington. The Industrial District is the primary industrial district in Seattle and is bounded on the west by the Duwamish Waterway and Elliott Bay, on the east by Interstate 5, on the north by S King and S Dearborn Streets, and on the south by the main lines of the BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad, or about S Lucille Street. The Industrial District is bordered by Beacon Hill, Delridge, Pioneer Square, Georgetown and the International District neighborhoods. The Industrial District is defined by its specific land use, divided between a primarily residential district and a heavy industrial-zoned district. The Industrial District was built on the mudflats and lowlands of Elliott Bay and the Duwamish estuary, which was dredged, straightened, and filled in 1902 and 1907. The principal thoroughfares in the Industrial District are 1st and 4th Avenue S, the Alaskan Way Viaduct, East Marginal and Airport Way S, the Spokane Street Viaduct, West Seattle Bridge, and S Royal Brougham Way. What is now the Industrial District, had been inhabited since the 6th century by native people. The Coast Salish nations inhabited at least 17 villages in the mid-1850s, living in some 93 permanent longhouses along Elliott Bay, Salmon Bay, Portage Bay, Lake Washington, Lake Sammamish, and the Duwamish, Black, and Cedar rivers. In 1905, the Seattle Box Company relocated to the southeast corner of 4th Avenue S and S Spokane Street in the Industrial District, becoming one of the first small business in the Industrial District area. Larger corporations have since moved their headquarters into the International District neighborhood. Current small business owners are working to to preserve the industrial nature of the Industrial District neighborhood, at the same time welcoming non-industrial businesses into the community. Today the small business community is made up of music venues, art spaces, small eateries and some token dive bars, all worth the drive down south outside of Seattle’s city center. The cityscape of downtown Seattle casts its shadow over the whole of the Industrial District and at night the city lights are a beacon to the north.

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