Tan Vinh's take on tenant-run businesses at the Greenbridge public-housing development in Seattle's White Center area.
Popped into one of the coolest coffeehouses in the South End recently. Heard some inspirational stories from public-housing tenants turned business owners across the shop.
This strip is located in White Center, but not that White Center, with the pho houses, Salvadorean Bakery and Asian groceries around the main drag.
It’s a mile away from the commercial district, in a community called Greenbridge, a mixed-income housing project, with up to 922 subsidized and market-rate housing units for rent and for sale. Parks, public sculptures and trails are scattered among this 95-acre complex, along with several social service agencies and a library.
Greenbridge will have 400-450 houses for sale and 472 rental units in the near future. Most rental units are already occupied.
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The few businesses in this complex are the promise of things to come, White Center community leaders and King County Housing Authority officials hope.
Three of the four businesses — can’t miss them — are housed right below some funky, bright red and yellow townhouses, and run by tenants who live in Greenbridge public housing.
Here’s a look at businesses on Eighth Avenue Southwest, the main drag in Greenbridge.
Tan Vinh: 206-515-5656 or firstname.lastname@example.org