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Belltown, Seattle

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Belltown is the most densely populated neighborhood in Seattle, Washington, United States, located on the city's downtown waterfront on land that was artificially flattened as part of a regrading project. Formerly a low-rent, semi-industrial arts district, in recent decades it has transformed into a neighborhood of trendy restaurants, boutiques, nightclubs, and residential towers as well as warehouses and art galleries. The area is named after William Nathaniel Bell, on whose land claim the neighborhood was built.In 2007, CNNMoney named Belltown the best place to retire in the Seattle metro area, calling it "a walkable neighborhood with everything you need."Belltown is home to the Art Institute of Seattle, Antioch University, Argosy University and the Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. It lies directly west of the Denny Triangle neighborhood, where online retailer Amazon is constructing three office towers to house its downtown headquarters, and where the Cornish College of the Arts is located.BusinessesAlthough many new businesses have eclipsed older ones, some venerated establishments still draw crowds of loyal patrons, such as the locally famous Bavarian Meat Products. Some of the classic, old Seattle nightspots in Belltown are: The Rendezvous, Mama's Mexican Kitchen, The Lava Lounge, Ohana, The Crocodile Cafe, and Shorty's. At one time Alaska Airlines had its headquarters in what is now Belltown.
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  • Hip Seattle neighborhood with lots of great restaurants and bars. Very trendy with high end apartments. Eves can be dangerous with shootings over the years.  more »
  • There are a lot of great restaurants, bars and shops in Belltown. There are also some great theater options here as well. I would be a little cautious here after dark.  more »
  • This is another nice area to visit during the daylight, with little up and coming unqiue shops, restaurants and alike to stroll through. However, if you come through after dark, there is a real homele...  more »
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