It has been 20 years since Avery Nelson first set foot in Seattle, but now he couldn't imagine leaving. His friends, his family, his home and his job are all here. "This is my whole life, in this city," he says.
In 1990, 10-year-old Avery moved here from Oakland with his mother. His brothers and sisters had all grown up and moved to the Northwest, some of them with families of their own. The two of them originally moved in with his older sister in Rainier Vista until eventually moving to Section 8 housing at Holly Park, followed by the Central District.
Avery smiles fondly when he recalls the move to Seattle and the things that it brought, though it wasn't without its challenges. His mother was blind from diabetes and had to rely on her young son for assistance.
"I had to be her eyes,"