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Justin Cox works at Creative Ice in Kent on cutting large ice cubes for specialty cocktails.Seattle is growing like crazy. But it’s not the only place in our region that’s taking off. KUOW’s Region of Boom team is looking at the impact of Seattle’s growth on communities within a commuting range of about an hour away to see how they are adapting to the pressures of growth.The Kent Valley — Renton, Kent and Auburn — is the biggest manufacturing center in the state and the biggest distribution center north of Los Angeles. We’ll be turning to other communities in the coming months. Have a story for us? Or want to let us know where to go next?00000181-fa79-da89-a38d-fb7f2bd20001

South King County, Kent Valley? What do you call it?

A worker at the Washington Shoe Company in Kent, Washington.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols
A worker at the Washington Shoe Company in Kent, Washington.

There are a lot of names for the the communities south of Seattle including Renton, Kent and Auburn. What name you use really depends on how you see this area - which happens to be the second-largest distribution zone on the West Coast, a place where recently-arrived immigrants get their start in Seattle, and where the Green River twists and turns.