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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Change in the Neighborhood

Photo by Carina del Rosario

Photo by Carina del Rosario

Jim Prim

Jim Prim grew up in Castle Rock, Washington. He has been working in produce since he was 16 and has been working for Red Apple for 22 years. 

When I first began working here, the neighborhood was mostly black, but now most of our black clientele has left, and now we’re seeing the younger techies. Years ago, I think the store had more soul. Now it has lost some of that.
This part of town is getting very expensive, and after Paul Allen is done with it, it’s going to be more expensive, and I think a lot of people are going to be displaced by that. Recently one customer came in and shook my hand and said, “I’m sorry, I’m leaving town, because we cannot afford to live here.” So I think it’s gonna displace a lot of our customers.