Best Up-and-Coming Neighborhood: Hillman City

There are two up-and-coming stories happening in Hillman City, the outwardly sleepy strip between Columbia City and Rainier Beach. One is an immigrant story, as it has become a vibrant center of Seattle’s growing African Muslim community and other immigrant groups. Libra African Gifts keeps the latest Nigerian cinema in stock. The pizza place, Eyman’s, follows Koranic dietary law. So does the El Salvadorian joint on the next block, where one can peruse socialist literature while waiting for a heaping plate of lamb and rice. The other up-and-coming story is a more common one: With cheap property prices and close proximity to both hip Columbia City and hoity Seward Park, white professionals are becoming more and more comfortable moving in. A new brewery is definitely not halal, but is owned and operated by women, an awesome advance in Seattle’s male-dominated brewing scene. An incoming roastery is promising to bring a “new wave” of coffee to Seattle, and will deliver their products by bike. We hope these two stories can continue together, but things might come to a head when someone asks for pepperoni on their pizza at Eyman’s.

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