When you say Fremont is Seattle’s quirkiest neighborhood, you’d think you might offend someone. But for a neighborhood with the Latin slogan, “De Delibertas Quirkas” written on the side of a 1950s rocket fuselage, it’s a mighty compliment.
Here in the Center of the Universe, you’re asked to set your watch back 5 minutes and breathe in the neighborhood’s artistic, individualistic spirit.
Fremont’s artistic roots began in the 1960s when “students, bohemians, and artists” took advantage of the neighborhood’s cheap rents, explains HistoryLink. Over the years, Fremont has become home to the Troll, a towering statue of Lenin, the Interurban sculpture and most recently, the “Late for the Interurban” sculpture of J.P. Patches and his sidekick Gertrude.
The neighborhood’s big annual event: the Summer Solstice Parade, complete with funky floats and naked, painted bicyclists. And in July 2010 over 4,200 took to Fremont streets in costume for the annual zombiewalk.
But Fremont’s unique character is beginning to change. The neighborhood is quickly becoming a popular destination for technology companies — Adobe, Google and Getty now call Fremont home (see list). Houses are giving way to higher-density townhomes, condos and apartments. And Seattleites flock to Fremont’s restaurants and clubs at night, making the neighborhood one of the city’s most popular after-hour scenes.
To learn more about Fremont, visit the neighborhood’s blog, FremontUniverse.com.