Seattle has its famous Skid Row (aka Yesler Way). But I’ve been wondering recently whether South Weller Street, especially near Maynard Avenue South, has some type of overlooked history or interesting connection.
South Weller Street was home to Bruce Lee’s first martial arts studio. Uwajimaya, the popular Asian supermarket, borders it. And one of my favorite restaurants, Hing Loon, sits at the intersection with Maynard Avenue South.
In this video posted on TED, Seattle native John Maeda talks about how he worked in his family’s tofu factory in Chinatown, which is in the International District.
These days, Maeda leads the noteworthy Rhode Island School of Design, also known as RISD, as its president.