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									                             A Seattle Sampler
                                    for the
                            X12 TRIMESTER MEETING
                                 January, 2010

                                  by: Dave Feinberg



                                    Lower Queen Anne                  Seattle
                                      (a.k.a. Uptown)                 Center
                                         Denny Regrade
                        Pike             (a.k.a. Belltown)
                       Place                                  Downtown Shopping        Sheraton
            The        Market                                       Core               Hotel
                                             Downtown Business District

                                                                Government Area
                                         Stadium                  International
                                           Area                      District


For distance calculations and reference, the official address of X12‟s meeting venue, the
Seattle Sheraton Hotel, is 1400 - 6th Ave. In reality, the hotel occupies the entire 1400
block on the east side of 6th Avenue; so the south end at Union Street represents 1400
and the north end at Pike Street is equivalent to 14nn. Cross Pike Street and the
address is 1500. As indicated above, the Sheraton Hotel is centered on the east edge of
the downtown shopping core.

             A more detailed map of the area immediately surrounding the
              Sheraton Hotel is located on the last page of this Sampler.

Additional sections of A Seattle Sampler include:
       Downtown Seattle Street and Address Guide ...……...……        page 2
       Sightseeing and Activities Highlights ..………………………           page 3
       Cultural Events …..………………………………………………                       page 4
       Getting About on Foot ..………………………………… page 5
       Driving in Seattle …………………………………………………                      pages 6 – 7
       Various Area Descriptions …………….……….………………                  pages 7 – 9
       Places to Get a Fast Lunch …………………….……….……                  page 9
       Sheraton Hotel Immediate Vicinity Map …….………………             page 10
       Resolving Questions ……………………………..………………                     page 10

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Generally, starting from the south, the following chart lists those downtown Seattle
named streets you‟ll most likely need to know and their starting – i.e., southernmost –
addresses. The streets marked with † do not go completely „across‟ downtown.

                    Downtown Street      Starting Address
                    Jefferson Street           500
                    James Street               600
                    Cherry Street              700
                    Columbia Street            800
                    Marion Street              900
                    Madison Street            1000
                    Spring Street             1100
                    Seneca Street             1200
                    University Street         1300
                    Union Street              1400
                    Pike Street               1500
                    Pine Street               1600
                    Olive Way        †        1700
                    Howell Street    †        1800
                    Stewart Street            1900
                    Virginia Street           2000
                    Lenora Street             2100
                    Blanchard Street          2200
                    Bell Street               2300
                    Battery Street            2400
                    Wall Street               2500
                    Vine Street               2600

Odd-numbered addresses are always on the west or south side of a street and even-
numbered addresses are always on the east or north side of a street. Except for the „jog‟
at Stewart Street, then Olive Way, and finally Howell Street, and another „jog‟ in the
Pioneer Square area, blocks in downtown Seattle are mostly rectangular with the long
sides running north-south and the short sides running east-west. [For those folks who
happen to have built-in mental compasses, downtown Seattle „north‟ is really almost
northwest, „south‟ is almost southeast, etc.] The long side of each block is
approximately one-twelfth of a mile.

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Depending on your inclinations, the following places, in no particular order, are close to
the Sheraton Hotel – or easy to get to / from – and fun to see / do.
     Underground Seattle Tour – Pioneer Square on east side of 1st Ave., south of
       Cherry St.
           [Tip: This tour includes a hilarious presentation on the history of Seattle
           followed by a walk through the old underpinnings of the original city. The
           inside walking portions require the ability to navigate somewhat uneven
           passages and stairs, and the „antique‟ dust, mold, and mildew could cause
           breathing problems to those with asthma or other respiratory difficulties.]
     Art gallery browsing – Pioneer Square area, start along Occidental Ave. South;
       finish by walking uphill towards Pike Place Market along the west side of 1 st
       Ave., north of Yesler Way
     Seattle Art Museum – 1st Avenue and University Street
     Pacific Science Center – Seattle Center
     Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum [expensive] – Seattle
     Space Needle Observation Deck [somewhat expensive] – Seattle Center
     Pike Place Market strolling [particularly during weekend days]
     Waterfront wandering: shops, restaurants, ferry ride, harbor tour, aquarium
     Olympic Sculpture Park – beyond the north end of the Waterfront
     Center for Wooden Boats – in South Lake Union area
     QWEST Field [Seahawks‟ stadium] – Occidental Avenue South and South King
     SAFECO Field [Mariners‟ stadium] – 1st Avenue South and South Royal
       Brougham Way
Additional details are contained in other portions of this Sampler.

Further away from the Sheraton Hotel – needing a car, taxi, or bus ride – are some
other interesting destinations.
    Chittenden Locks – floats boats between tidal waters and higher elevation inland
        [if you have time and it‟s available, consider taking the Argosy tour boat on a
        locks transit voyage]
    Museum of Flight
    Museum of History and Industry
    Woodland Park Zoo
      Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Plant Tour … in Everett
      Museum of Glass … in Tacoma

And for those of you into skiing, following are the closest ski areas to downtown:
       Snoqualmie Pass        1.0 – 1.5 hours east            straight shot on I-90
       Crystal Mountain       1.5 – 2.0 hours southeast       various routes to SR-410
       Stevens Pass           2.0 – 2.5 hours northeast       various routes to US-2.

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In downtown (●) and at / near the Seattle Center (□), a number of cultural events are
scheduled during the period of the January, 2010, X12 Trimester Meeting.
   ●    Paramount Theater:                          ”XANADU”                                Jan.   19 – 24
                                                    Kathy Griffin                           Jan.   29 – 30
   ●    Moore Theater:                              Gabriel Iglesias                        Jan.   23
                                                    TAO: The Martial Art of                 Jan.   29
   ●    Seattle Symphony:                           Mozart Birthday Celebration             Jan. 26
          Benaroya Hall                             Itzhak Perlman                          Jan. 27 – 28
   ●    Fifth Avenue Theater:                               dark
   ●    Seattle Art Museum:                         Michelangelo Public and Private         Jan. 1 – 31
                                                    Alexander Calder: A Balancing           Jan. 1 – 31
   ●    “Bodies…The Exhibition”                     “Unveils the many complex               Jan. 1 – 31   systems, organs and tissues that
        nfo.aspx?vid=791&tab=G&pvt=bmoa             drive every aspect of our daily lives
                                                    and unite us all as humans.”
   □    Pacific Northwest Ballet:                            dark
   □    Seattle Opera:                              “Il Trovatore”                          Jan. 23, 24, 27, 29,
   □    Seattle Rep Theatre:                        “Speech and Debate”                     Jan. 21-24, 27-31
   □    Seattle Shakespeare Co:                     “Electra”                               Jan. 23-24, 28-31
   □    Teatro ZinZanni                             “An ever-evolving and constantly        Jan. 22-25, 28-31
             dinner theater                         changing production, combining
                                                    improv comedy, vaudeville revue,
             (expensive)                            music, dance, cirque and      sensuality into a dizzying and
                                                    colorful new form that is never
                                                    quite the same from evening to

        [Tip: Discounted tickets to some of the above events are sometimes available via .]

For those of you inclined towards more intimate venues, following are some of the clubs
in the downtown and Pioneer Square areas.
    ●    Dimitriou's Jazz Alley           2033 - 6th Avenue                                 Fine Dining, Live                        206-441-9729                              Jazz, Live Music
                         featuring   Herb Alpert and Lani Hall                              Jan. 26-27
                                     Tower of Power                                         Jan. 28-31
    ●    Cellars Restaurant & Lounge      2132 - 1st Avenue                                 Fine Dining, Live                  206-448-8757                              Jazz, Live Music,
                                                                                            Wine Bar
    ●    Tula's Restaurant and Nightclub                    2214 - 2nd Avenue               Live Jazz,                                             206-443-4221             Nightclub,
    ●    The Triple Door                                    216 Union St.                   Fine Dining, Live                                     206-838-4333             Music
    ●    Comedy Underground                                 109 S. Washington St.           Comedy Club                                 206-628-0303

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By intent, downtown Seattle is geared for pedestrians. Walking is encouraged, and
when distances don‟t lend themselves to walking within downtown, “Metro” buses – but
not light rail – are free during the day and only $2.00 – with very liberal transfer passes
– after 7:00 p.m. Also available for the walking are the monorail to/from Seattle Center,
a streetcar to/from South Lake Union, and a free bus – route 99 – along the length of
the Waterfront and extending to Pioneer Square and the International District.

For ease in locating places and moving about, I‟ve divided Seattle into areas. Plan to
walk within each area. Following are the recommended methods for traveling between
the Sheraton Hotel [1400 - 6th Avenue] and the other areas.
     Pike Place Market – Walk, or use “Metro” buses [routes 10 or 12 are best]:
       westbound on Pine Street, eastbound on Pike Street.
     Seattle Center – Use the Monorail. Board the monorail downtown on the third
       floor of Westlake Center; on Pine Street between 5th and 4th Avenues,
       approximately three blocks from the hotel. Fare is $2.00 each way and trains
       depart every 10-15 minutes.
     The Waterfront – Definitely walk to the waterfront; it‟s all level and then
       downhill. Depending on your condition, either walk (i.e., climb) back or use a
       taxi. If you use Pike Street in either direction between the hotel and the
       waterfront, you can complete the flat part of the journey by following the method
       for traveling to and from the Pike Place Market.
           [A game for the adventurous: Get from the Waterfront to the Downtown
           Shopping Core on foot without climbing any stairs nor walking up any
           eastbound hill; north-south walking is allowed.]
       Starting at the far north end of the Waterfront is the Olympic Sculpture Park.
       A free – route 99 – “Metro” bus provides service along the Waterfront as well as
       into Pioneer Square and the International District further to the south and east.
     South Lake Union – Use the streetcar [jokingly and very unofficially sometimes
       identified by the acronym derived from South Lake Union Trolley]. Board the
       streetcar on the east side of Westlake Avenue at its three-way intersection with
       5th Avenue and Olive Way. Fare is $2.00 each way and one departs every 15
     Other, unlisted here, areas – Walk or use “Metro” buses. Most southbound
       buses run on 3rd and 2nd Avenues. Most northbound buses run on 4th and 3rd
       Avenues. Use non-express routes numbered less than 100 to ensure you don‟t
       accidentally end up in one of the suburbs. Never use buses belonging to
       Community Transit, Pierce Transit, or Sound Transit; whose route numbers are
       greater than 100 anyway.

If you‟re traveling somewhere near 3rd Avenue [e.g., Pioneer Square, International
District], you can use any bus in the bus / light rail tunnel – regardless of route number
or express status. All busses stop at all stations The nearest bus / light rail tunnel
station to the hotel is Westlake; located underneath Pine Street between 5th and 3rd
Avenues. provides a map of the bus / light
rail tunnel.
    [Alert: You may also use light rail in the bus / light rail tunnel, but you must
    always pay the fare … even during the day when the busses are free.]
Outside the tunnel, when in doubt about where to get off, just request the bus driver to
announce his/her closest stop to the Sheraton Hotel [6th Avenue between Union and
Pike Streets] for you.

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    [Tip: A car is a hindrance in downtown Seattle, and parking at the hotel and
    elsewhere is expensive. Traffic downtown can be awful and very confusing. It‟s
    faster and easier to walk or take “Metro” – see Getting About On Foot, above. A car
    could be useful if you plan to tour widely outside the immediate downtown core.]
If you plan to drive while in the Seattle area, get a good map.
    [Tip: The maps handed-out by the rental car companies are not even close to
    adequate once you leave downtown. The ones from AAA or similar sources work
    fine. Mapquest and similar products are mostly OK, but occasionally have been
    known to list wrong turns; particularly at the beginning or end of routing
    descriptions. If you‟re going to use a GPS for navigation, make sure you‟ve
    downloaded the most detailed maps available.]
Always obtain driving directions to your destination before departing. Keep telephone
numbers handy in case you miss a (non) turn. Having a non-driving navigator in the
car is a big plus.

During the day on Mondays through Saturdays, it costs to park on some Seattle city
streets, especially downtown. In the past, familiar-to-most parking meters for each
space were used to pay, but that‟s mostly no longer how it‟s done in Seattle. Now,
drivers need to obtain a pre-paid receipt from a centralized parking Pay Station located
in one or two spots on each block.
provides a copy of the instructions located at each Pay Station. The first and last
illustrations on this web page are the most useful, and the most important thing to
remember is that Pay Stations only take coins, and VISA and MasterCard credit and
debit cards. Pay Stations do not accept paper money or cards from other issuers. Also,
occasionally in my experience, sometimes they can‟t seem to get cards approved; so be
prepared. The current general rate for on-street downtown parking is $2.50 per hour.
Parking after 6:00 p.m. and all day on Sundays is free. Confirm all rates, plus
maximum parking duration, at the actual Pay Station you‟re using as there are
variations in different neighborhoods.

When navigating, Seattle, its neighborhoods (e.g., Belltown, Uptown, Queen Anne,
South Lake Union, Capitol Hill, Madison Park, Ballard, West Seattle), and the
surrounding suburbs (e.g., Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Renton, Shoreline, Highline,
SeaTac) are divided into sometimes odd zones for purposes of identifying streets and
building numbers. [It‟s not as bad as San Francisco, but real close.] For those of you
who want to try it, a simplistic summary of Seattle area street identification rules is:
     A direction prefix or suffix (e.g., N, NW, NE, S, SW, W, E) on a street name
       indicates the zone (i.e., a general area of the city) a street is located in; direction
       prefix zones are occasionally noncontiguous with direction suffix zones
     Downtown Seattle streets have neither direction prefixes nor suffixes
     A direction prefix means the street flows generally east-west
     A direction suffix means the street flows generally north-south
     The terms “street” and “avenue” are meaningless and rarely mentioned in
       conversation (e.g., locals would locate the Sheraton hotel „on 6th between Union
       and Pike‟); the terms “way”, “place”, “alley”, and other such are significant (e.g.,
       the Pike Place Market)
     A street or avenue can have the same name as a “way” and a “place” and an
       “alley” and … (e.g., Pike Street and Pike Place are two different streets)
     Within Seattle proper, streets travel in straight lines only for relatively short
       distances and change names at, to the uninitiated, irrational points (e.g.,
       crossing from one zone into another, slightly changing or not changing

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           [One useful example: Traveling south to north, Pike Place ends and flows
           into Western Avenue with hardly a twitch. If you‟re in the body of the Pike
           Place Market (i.e., on Pike Place), Western Avenue is one block to the west. If
           you‟re north of the switch-over point, someplace referred to as „in the Market‟
           may actually have a Western Avenue address.]
      Any of the above rules are occasionally superseded if there is sufficient historical
           [Three favorite examples are (1) so which direction does West Viewmont Way
           West actually go? (2) where exactly and in which direction do East
           Marginal Way South and West Marginal Way Southwest flow?, and (3) about
           three blocks of South Atlantic Street are identified as South Edgar Martinez
      Odd-numbered addresses are on the west or south side of a street. Even-
       numbered addresses are on the east or north side of a street.
      Many streets dead-end where natural obstacles (e.g., hills, valleys, lakes) and
       highways and freeways impede them, and then just start-up again on the other
       side of the obstacle.
      In downtown Seattle, be particularly wary of one-way streets. There are several
       that meet themselves head-on (i.e., they are one-way in opposing directions
       heading towards a common meeting point:  || )!


Seattle‟s downtown shopping core is an area approximately four blocks on each side:
3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th Avenues run north-south, and University, Union, Pike, and Pine
Streets run east-west.

The Sheraton Hotel, on 6th Avenue, is centered on the east edge of the downtown
shopping core.

The largest stores and malls are located on the north side of Pine Street:
    Pacific Place – between 6th and 7th Avenues
    Nordstrom – between 6th and 5th Avenues
    Westlake Center – between 5th and 4th Avenues
    Macy‟s – between 4th and 3rd Avenues.

Rainier Square with its shops, restaurants, and underground walkway of historical
Seattle and Boeing photographs starts on the east side of 4th Avenue between Union and
University Streets. The walkway runs to 2 Union Square on the east side of 6 th Avenue.

The Seattle Art Museum is just outside the downtown shopping core on the northeast
corner of the intersection of 1st Avenue and University Street. Multiple exhibitions and
shows run continuously.

Benaroya Hall, home of the Seattle Symphony, is on the west side of 3rd Avenue between
Union and University Streets. Various symphony and other performances during the
Trimester Meeting period are listed above.

The main post office is on the southeast corner of 3rd Avenue and Union Street.

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The Pike Place Market – known by locals as “The Market” – starts at the intersection of
1st Avenue and Pike Street and runs on a spur (Pike Place) for several blocks to the
north. During winter months, it‟s better seen during business hours; better still on
weekends. Other than a few of the restaurants, the Market‟s shops, produce stands,
fish counters, and arts and crafts displays are closed during winter evenings.


Seattle Center, located about 1.5 miles north of the Downtown Shopping Core, was
originally the site of the 1962 Seattle World‟s Fair. It‟s currently the location of a
number of attractions:
     Monorail [from the Fair]
     Center House: shops, Children‟s Museum, and food court
     Space Needle [from the Fair, expanded over the years]
     Pacific Science Center [from the Fair, updated continually];
        includes 2 IMAX theaters, planetarium, and laser theater
     Experience Music Project
     Science Fiction Museum
     McCaw Hall [Seattle Opera and Pacific Northwest Ballet], Bagley Wright Theater
        [Seattle Rep(ertory)], Seattle Children‟s Theater, Intiman Theater, other smaller
        legitimate theaters, and Key Arena
     Fun Forest: carnival rides and games [usually open only on weekends during the
        winter]. The rides are being phased out, and most of the big ones are now gone.


The Waterfront is located about 9 blocks west of the hotel and runs approximately 1.5
miles along Alaskan Way. At the south end [for X12 purposes], at the intersection of
Yesler Way [the original “skid road”], is the Washington State Ferry terminal – Pier 52 –
where 1.5 - 2.5 hour round trips to the other side of Puget Sound originate. The walk-
on fare is $6.90 leaving Seattle and $0.00 (i.e., free) coming back.
    [Note: Double-ended car ferries such as those used in Washington State are rare in
    the United States. The sister-ships Puyallup, Tacoma, and Wenatchee are presently
    the largest double-ended car ferries in the U.S.]
Near the north end of the Waterfront is the Victoria Clipper terminus – Pier 69 – where
vessels bound for the San Juan Islands and Victoria [on Vancouver Island], British
Columbia, Canada, berth.
    [Tip: If your plans include a visit to Victoria or elsewhere in Canada, be sure to
    bring a passport. Non-USA citizens will also need proof of residency.]
Beyond the north end of the Waterfront is the Olympic Sculpture Park run by the
Seattle Art Museum. Admission is free; you can just wander around.
Running south to north, between the Washington State Ferries – Pier 52 – and the
Olympic Sculpture Park – are numerous attractions, shops, and restaurants, including:
    Waterfront Fire Station – Pier 54 [look for the fireboats]
    Argosy waterfront tour boats – Pier 55-56 [if you have time and they‟re
      available, consider taking the dinner tour to Blake Island for a salmon feast or a
      voyage through the Chittenden Locks]
    Waterfront Park – Pier 57-58
    Seattle Aquarium – Pier 59 [near the center of the Waterfront at Pike Street]
    Bell Street Marina – Pier 66

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The South Lake Union area, located about two miles north of the Downtown Shopping
Core, is home to the Center for Wooden Boats and a number of nice restaurants. For
starters, look for addresses on Westlake Avenue North, Valley Street, and Fairview
Avenue North. This entire area is undergoing a massive redevelopment into an urban
center with offices, shops, galleries, condominiums, parks, and an ever increasing
number of restaurants.


For orientation, the main entrance of the Sheraton Hotel is on the east side of 6 th
Avenue, centered between Union and Pike Streets.
   ►   In Short Order Daily Grill – in the Sheraton Hotel lobby
      In the Union Square complex – on 6th Avenue across Union Street to the south of
       the Sheraton‟s main entrance
       ► World Fresh Asian Eatery – on ground level, enter via courtyard
       ► OToGo – one floor up at 2 Union Square
       ► MOD Pizza – one floor up at 1 Union Square                     Or enter from east side of
       ► Chez Dave – one floor up at 1 Union Square                     6th Avenue via doors
       ► Blue Water Taco Grill – one floor up at 1 Union Square         labeled
       ► Fresh Basil – one floor up at 1 Union Square                   “One Union Square”
   ►   Fergy’s Café – 1303–6th Avenue … 1 block south of the Sheraton‟s main
       entrance on the other side of both 6th Avenue and Union Street
   ►   Specialty’s Café & Bakery – on the northeast corner of 5th Avenue and Union
   ►   Soup‟s – inside the City Centre complex lobby … close to corner of 5th Avenue
       and Pike Street
   ►   Wild Tiger Salad Bar – in underground walkway between 2 Union Square and
       Rainier Square
   ►   Made Fresh Daily – in Rainier Square … on 4th Avenue just south of Union
       Street … or use the underground walkway from 2 Union Square
      At the Washington State Convention Center – on Pike Street across 7th Avenue to
       the east of the back side of the Sheraton
       ► La Crêperie Voilà – outside on Pike Street
       ► Subway – outside on Pike Street
       ► Caffe Espresso Dior – inside main lobby
       ► Unconventional Pizza – inside main lobby
       ► Taco Del Mar – inside main lobby
      In Pacific Place – 1½ blocks north of the Sheraton‟s main entrance … enter on
       the north side of Pine Street just east of 6th Avenue
       ► Il Fornaio Bakery & Café – in 1st floor lobby
       ► Pike Place Chowder – on 4th floor
   ►   5th Avenue Cafe – 1522–5th Avenue … on the east side of 5th Avenue 1 block west
       and ¾ block north of the Sheraton‟s main entrance
   ►   Westlake Center Food Court – on 3rd floor of Westlake Center … enter on the
       north side of Pine Street between 5th and 4th Avenues
                  Establishments in italics also provide a fast breakfast.

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                                                                                     walkway between
                                                                                     Union Square and
                                                                                     Rainier Square

                               Sheraton Hotel
Macy’s                                                         Fast Lunch Locations
Westlake Center                                      Paramount Theater
            Nordstrom                                Seattle Symphony: Benaroya Hall
                    Pacific Place                     Seattle Art Museum


If you have any questions while you‟re anywhere in the Seattle area, just act like a local.
Put on your best smile, approach anybody who looks as if they have a clue (e.g., hotel
concierge, doorman, bus driver, random person on the street), and then using a friendly
voice, ask away. Use „please‟ and „thank you‟ liberally. Keep smiling. You‟ll be amazed
at how much you‟ll learn. This is how Seattle does things.

Comments on this sixth edition of A Seattle Sampler are always welcome. Feel free to
address them to me in-person during the meeting, or anytime at 206-617-1717 or And thanks to those who‟ve previously provided suggestions over
the years.

Enjoy your visit in Seattle.

                                                       Dave Feinberg

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