For more than 70 years, Yesler has been home to thousands of Seattle's low-income residents and international refugees. Conceived as the nation’s first racially-integrated, public-housing development, Yesler Terrace now stands on the edge of a new social experiment -- that of mixed-income housing.
In less than a decade, an area once filled with gardens and row-housing will be mid-rises and retail development. While all current tenants will continue to receive housing, they know it will never be the same. The stories of this unique combination of people and the community they created have yet to be gathered.
Even the Walls is a story of a place that might too soon be forgotten.