Shelf Life Community Story Project
Amplifying community voices, learning from neighborhood stories, and interrupting narratives of erasure in Seattle's Central District.
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Feels Lonely

Portrait by Henry Luke

Portrait by Henry Luke

Vicky Garner moved to Seattle from Texas, when she was 7 years old, and spent most of her life living at 20th and Marion.

Vicky Garner

When I first came here this was a very loving community, and it was always a neighborhood where when you walk down the street, people would say, "Hi, how you doing?"  Oh, since that time, the neighborhood's completely changed. I mean, there's-- maybe when I take my grandson into Earl's Barbershop, I'll see some people that are from the old neighborhood, but other than that, I rarely see them. Sometimes I will see somebody at Red Apple, but it's getting fewer and far between. Just about everybody has moved out of the area because it's just too expensive to live here, really.  You don't know anyone in your neighborhood too much. Every once in a while, there will be a neighbor that will introduce themselves.  And I always, whenever I go down the street, "Hi!" Whoever. I don't care who it is, I speak to them and greet them. Sometimes people just walk on by. And it doesn't feel real good. It feels lonely, very lonely.