I remember one of my very first encounters on the Sounder train, heading back to downtown Kent from a Seattle Mariners game. The man sitting next to me said, “I’m sorry,” as I got up for my stop. When I asked why, he said, “you live in the armpit of South King County.” That was several years ago, and I didn’t agree with him then. After all, I really do love Kent, and I’ve always thought it had a lot of potential.
After attending Kent Downtown Partnership’s Downtown Breakfast Hour this morning, I know he was wrong, and I’m not the only one who thinks so. Business owners, managers, representatives from the city and community members gathered to hear about all of the growth in downtown Kent.
Here are just a few of the exciting things in the works:
- Demolition of the unfinished parking garage
- Development of Kent City Center, a mixed use property on Smith Street between 4th and 2nd Streets
- Opening of Cal’s Classic American, a new restaurant at Kent Station
- Opening of a second location for Airways Brewing Co. on Meeker Street
- Improvements to downtown buildings and streetscapes
Kent, Washington is not perfect. Like all cities, it has its brights spots as well as its blight. But it has character. It has passion. It has residents who love it and believe in its feature. I’m one of them. Are you?