Lordy lordy lord. There is SO MUCH I have to say.
First off - Yes I did go to Garfield. I loved Garfield. My favorite four years. I had a blast. I loved my friends, loved my teachers, even loved all the bullshit and politics that tagged along with going to that school. Which means I also loved the neighborhood.
Now for this next part: I hope you are sitting down because I am going to break it down for you right quick.
Seattle is my home. Born and raised. I know this city like the back of hand if not better. I grow up and currently live in the south end and went to high school at Garfield, in the central district aka the CD. Now keep in mind I graduated in 2008. Never once was I ever afraid or nervous to be in the CD. The CD, to me, was never dangerous. Let me repeat the CD was not a dangerous place.
SIDE BAR (Let’s be real for a moment - downtown 3rd & Pine is more dangerous. Walking through or even passing Westlake Park is and can be creepy. Better yet The Ave in the University Distract could be described as scary. Fuck! - The University Washington’s Greek row is MORE dangerous. Especially if you are a girl. Not to mention the public buses in Seattle can be far more sketchy of a place.)
Now only addressing the muggings/violence/fights that I ever witnessed or heard about were started by loud ass mouth kids (who DIDN’T live in the CD and only went to school in the CD) who were trying to show off and seem “down” or cool.
However… now a days, the CD is different. It’s not the same place it use to be. More importantly it’s even more scary. Why is it scary? Well because of a thing called “Gentrification.” Roughly to say, gentrification is when rich, rude,
white well off and very privilege people move into a neighborhood, that is not their’s try so desperately to make it their own. Which then drives out the original families who have been living their for years.
Now, I could go on and on about this topic but if you are too walk away with anything let it be this - Garfield is a great school. One of the best Seattle has to offer. But if you go into Garfield thinking it’s in a scary or dangerous neighborhood I am telling you right now you are going to be eaten alive. But go ahead. Be as reluctant as you want about the whole thing. Maybe this bad reputation of the central district is actually a good thing in the end.
But hey! What do I know.
I am just a humble intern.