It was birthday lunch at the Central Area Senior Center, and the place was hopping.
DJ Mr. Cliff kept the 1960s soul tunes spinning so loud it was hard to hear the person next to you. Women in their 60s and 70s showed off their moves as the white grape juice flowed and they waited for the lunch of smothered pork chops, mashed potatoes and gravy, veggies and cake.
Many of these folks live in the Central District or nearby neighborhoods, mainly to the south. And, like a lot of people in
Seattle, they’re feeling the pinch of steadily increasing property taxes.