Fremont is a neighborhood in Seattle, Washington. Named after Fremont, Nebraska, the hometown of two of its founders, L. H. Griffith and E. Blewett, it is situated along the Fremont Cut of the Lake Washington Ship Canal to the north of Queen Anne, the east of Ballard, the south of Phinney Ridge, and the southwest of Wallingford. Its boundaries are not formally fixed, but they can be thought of as consisting of the Ship Canal to the south, Stone Way N. to the east, N. 50th Street to the north, and 8th Avenue N.W. to the west.
The neighborhood's main thoroughfares are Fremont and Aurora Avenues N. (north- and southbound), and N. 46th, 45th, 36th, and 34th Streets (east- and westbound). The Aurora Bridge (George Washington Memorial Bridge) carries Aurora Avenue (Washington State Route 99) over the Ship Canal to the top of Queen Anne Hill, and the Fremont Bridge carries Fremont Avenue over the canal to the hill's base.
Sometimes referred to as "The People's Republic of Fremont," and at one time a center of the counterculture, Fremont has somewhat gentrified in recent years. The neighborhood remains home to a controversial statue of Lenin salvaged from Slovakia by a local art lover who was teaching in the area at the time. After the 1989 fall of the communist government, he brought the statue to Fremont with money raised through a mortgage on his house. In addition to Lenin is the Fremont Troll, an 18-foot tall concrete sculpture of a troll crushing a Volkswagen Beetle in its right hand, created in 1990 and situated under the north end of the Aurora Bridge. The street running under bridge and ending at the Troll was renamed Troll Avenue N. in 2005. In addition, signs throughout Fremont proclaim conflicting messages such as "Set your watch ahead five minutes", "Set your watch back five minutes" and "Throw your watch away."
Since the late 1990s, Fremont residents have been referring to their neighborhood as "The Center of the Universe."
The Fremont Arts Council sponsors several highly attended annual events in Fremont including the Summer Solstice Parade & Pageant and Troll-a-ween.
Also important to Fremont is the large block on Linden Avenue N. that contains the B.F. Day Elementary School and B.F. Day Playground, two separate entities. B.F. Day is the longest continually operating school in the Seattle school district, having been founded in 1892.
With increased information technology development, Fremont has become increasingly gentrified with the departure of some traditional industries and the growth of quaternary industries. The world headquarters of Getty Images is located in Fremont, as well as Adobe Systems' Seattle offices, golf and daywear label Cutter & Buck's corporate headquarters, and Hale's Ales brewery. The original Redhook breweries were located in Fremont until their closures in 1988 and 2002, respectively.
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