In the past 150 years, the Duwamish estuary has been home to a tranquil Native American community, Seattle's first white settlers, gold miners enjoying 24–hour saloons, one of the country's busiest ports and cutting edge companies like Starbucks, Boeing and Amazon.com.
Life on the Duwamish explores the history, culture, and neighborhoods around the Duwamish waterway, a historical center of industry in Seattle, Superfund Cleanup site, and a focal point of communities in South Park and Georgetown.
Funding for Life on the Duwamish: Rediscovering Seattle's Dirty South was provided by the KUOW Program Venture Fund
South Park was home to the founders of the Pike Place Market, Italian and Japanese truck farmers who worked the rich soil close to the Duwamish River. Our first segment in the series Life on the Duwamish traces the 100 year history of this diverse and changing neighborhood.
South Seattle's history starts long before the city was founded. For generations Native American villages dotted the banks of the Duwamish River. In this segment of Life on the Duwamish, Jessica Partnow explores the Native history of Seattle that is right under our feet.
The County Line has an infamous reputation and a bitchin' karaoke night. This segment takes us to perhaps the only place in Seattle where US Marines, Mexican immigrants, gutterpunks, and church ladies all get together to sing their hearts out and drink their wallets empty.
Once as crucial to the global economy as the Panama Canal, the Duwamish Industrial Area is still home to 80,000 Seattle jobs. But some developers would rather see industry head south and out of the city. Today's segment examines the fate of industry here on the Duwamish.
From the reshaping of the river in favor of industry to the massive dumping of industrial waste, the Duwamish Waterway is one of the most environmentally controversial areas within the city limits. Our final segment asks just how Metro Natural Seattle really is.