This is Not Your Father’s Madison Valley

Driving through Madison Valley last night I was struck by a fact that I had been slow to recognize — Madison Valley is really hopping these days. Back in the day Madison Valley was definitely NOT trendy and hip. I had friends move there who, when asked “where did you move to?” would stutter out “Madison Park — well, ALMOST Madison Park. Really close, in Madison Valley,” as if apologizing for the Valley and trying to leech some of Madison Park’s upper-class reputation.

Last night, the restaurants Chinoise, Voil√†, and The Harvest Vine were all hopping — at 7:45 PM on a Sunday night. Madison Park proper was rolled up. The Central District was quiet. But in between, the happy revelry of trendy young-ish crowds.

I think, if you haven’t been there for a while, you’ll be shocked and amazed at the proliferation of hip, upscale shops, boutiques, etc.

It’s just another reminder of how New Seattle is replacing Old Seattle everywhere you turn. I think this is a generally good thing; my wife (another lifetime Seattleite) disagrees to some degree. But whether you like it or not, you can’t disagree that it’s happening, all over the city.


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