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Inye Wokoma’s grandfather bought this house in the Central District in 1947. Wokoma wants his children to inherit it, history they can see and touch. But lately the house has felt like an island. “The Central District as I knew it is gone,” he says. (Courtney Pedroza / The Seattle Times)

Is Seattle losing its soul?

A reporter stumbled across a letter from 2000 in which a young woman decried the city’s changes: “We’re no longer a city of people.” Nearly...