A stretch of Elliott Bay separates central Seattle from the peninsula of West Seattle, the city’s oldest and largest district. Connected by a high freeway bridge and a lower span, West Seattle’s proximity to both downtown and the Industrial District has always made it a popular residential area. More than 53,000 people reside here, for since the 1990s dot.com boom West Seattle has attracted an entirely new population of younger, entrepreneurial residents drawn by lower housing costs, the strong sense of community, and some of the best parklands in the city. Alki Beach and its paved waterfront trail bring hordes of revelers when the long, damp winter months give way to sunnier spring days.
Dredging the Duwamish
Before white settlers ...