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About South Lake Union
This neighborhood, which is sometimes referred to as SLU, is situated immediately north of downtown at the south tip of Lake Union. In early days, the area was an arrival point for coal and timber, but today it has turned into a thriving hi-tech hub. The South Lake Union is now home to prominent institutions like the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the Seattle Children's Hospital and the University of Washington Medicine. The SLU-campus of University of Washington comprises four buildings and a total of 1250 people; including researchers and staff. The university facilities are an architectural treat with its historic elements; the oldest and perhaps most noteworthy structure is the Blue Flame building, which was the former home of Washington Natural Gas. The historic Cascade sub-neighborhood in South Lake Union still has a few old structures left that retain their original uses, including the Immanuel Lutheran Church and the St. Spiridon Russian Orthodox Cathedral. This area is also home to the Seattle landmark New Richmond Laundry Building, which operated until 1999 but is now surrounded by residential complexes and office space. Much of South Lake Union is similar; a number of older buildings have survived, but very few are still used in their original sense. Thanks to the recent addition of a trolley system, a new lakeside park and numerous multi-use complexes, South Lake has become into an increasingly residential neighborhood. Residents can now enjoy the waterfront at Lake Union Park, which features a pedestrian bridge across the western waterway, a walkway along the water and 1.6 acres of green space. For an exploration of maritime history, check out the Maritime Heritage Center where you'll find an array of cultural, educational and recreational activities. Moored at the wharf you can see historic vessels including the steamer Virginia V., the lightship Swiftsure and the tug Arthur Foss. Also worth a visit are the Museum of History and Industry and the oldest park in the city, Denny Park.
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