By Dan Bertolet August 6, 2010

Walk 11 blocks due east of the utopian upscale-hipster urban street scene on 12th Ave between Union and Pike shown in the photo above and you're on a different planet, though you'll still be able to enjoy good Mexican food at an outdoor table of sorts:

The view from those bar stools looks like this:

The pinkish building on the other side of 23rd Ave is the Mt. Calvary Christian Center.

Another block to the east, there's this:

On one side you can drink coffee with East African cabbies, and on the other you can buy Halal meat.

A city's beauty and strength lies in its diversity. The challenge for a growing city like Seattle is to preserve it.
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