Where is 4-Corners?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Yahoo maps satellite view of 4-Corners business district

By Diane Hettrick

Because of Shoreline's history as "unincorporated King county," little business districts dot the city. After much debate in the years after Shoreline incorporated, it was decided to designate and zone the center of the city at 175th and Aurora as Shoreline Town Center, but to allow the small business districts to remain.

The City, upon incorporation, wanted to continue to foster the strong citizen participation which guided incorporation, and created formal neighborhood boundaries and names. Shoreline has 14 neighborhoods (information here).

Some of those neighborhood boundaries divided the small business districts. The most awkward division came at the shopping centers on Richmond Beach Road between 8th NW and roughly 3rd NW. Sometimes called the QFC Center for the largest tenant, it is often referred to as Richmond Beach.

However, the businesses are not in Richmond Beach. West of 8th NW, Richmond Beach road splits, with one branch going into Innis Arden and the other into the Richmond Beach neighborhood.

The shopping area is in Hillwood (north of Richmond Beach Road) and Richmond Highlands (south of Richmond Beach Road). 

When the citizen committee from four neighborhoods was formed to create the Brew Fest event, they ran into the problem of explaining who they were. They solved the problem by creating the name 4-Corners to equally honor all the involved neighborhoods.

The four neighborhoods meet at the 5-way intersection at 8th NW, Richmond Beach Rd, and Innis Arden Rd: Hillwood, Richmond Highlands, Richmond Beach, and Innis Arden.

It's a name which has been embraced by area businesses, as it creates a recognizable identity without promoting a particular business. The name refers to a business area, not a specific neighborhood.


Anonymous,  October 27, 2014 at 7:04 AM  

says you.

Anonymous,  October 28, 2014 at 6:19 AM  

Silly. All for a beer fest. Why is it that Innis Arden will share their clubhouse for the beer fest but they won't share their trails?

Anonymous,  October 28, 2014 at 5:24 PM  

Because the director is a member of Innis Arden.

Anonymous,  October 29, 2014 at 7:08 AM  

I walk those trails all the time. The signs don't mean a thing. Who's going to stop us commoners?

Anonymous,  October 29, 2014 at 5:22 PM  

Violating personal property rights is the norm in Shoreline. So I suppose no one will stop you.

Anonymous,  October 30, 2014 at 12:43 PM  

Truth be told, I only "trespass" on the bear trail between Ridgefield and 180th. I find it offensive that there is "no trespassing" signs on this trail when there are numerous neighborhood connecting trails in Shoreline (i.e. 198th St between Dayton and Fremont. There is no exclusivity on any of these trails. Why on this one? Can't we all just get along?

Anonymous,  October 30, 2014 at 12:45 PM  

Also, LOVE the 4 Corners Brewfest!

Anonymous,  November 1, 2014 at 1:14 PM  

I've never heard of this reference ("Four Corners"). Further, I don't know if it will "take" as a common reference, such as the nearby "Five Corners" is for the City of Edmonds. I think that it will take more than a brewfest for this to happen, but we'll see...

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