The Simple Lifestyle On Vashon-Maury Island Today
With a populace of nearly 11,000 residents, the island maintains its charm with a relaxed lifestyle, reminiscent of a bygone era. There are no freeways and, indeed, the main roads across the island are lightly traveled and somewhat in need of repair. A large percentage of the inhabitants are artists or owners of small family-sized farms. Without a connecting bridge to the mainland, industry and businesses are not interested in locating there. To preserve their comfortably casual style of living, the people who call the island home have fought vigorously to prevent a bridge from being built, which they are sure would be an invitation to large agricultural industry. Currently, the only way for visitors to gain access to Vashon Island is by ferry. Several ferry lines run dozens of trips daily from the mainland. In fact, it only takes 22 minutes to reach the island from downtown Seattle by ferry.