Place:Medina, King, Washington, United States

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NameMedina
Alt namesEastlandsource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS53012999
TypeCity
Coordinates47.627°N 122.233°W
Located inKing, Washington, United States
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Medina is a city located in the Eastside, a region of King County, Washington, United States. Surrounded on the north, west, and south by Lake Washington, opposite Seattle, Medina is bordered by Clyde Hill and Hunts Point, as well as the satellite city of Bellevue. The city's population was 2,969 at the 2010 census. The city is mostly residential and includes Bill Gates' house.

Medina has the second highest per-capita income in the state of Washington and the 49th highest in the United States.

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History

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Named in 1891 after the city of Medina in Saudi Arabia, Medina was platted in 1914 and officially incorporated on August 19, 1955. According to the city:

In 1891, T.L. Dabney built the first landing in Medina on what later became known as Dabney Point. The landing was directly across from the Leschi Park landing and it became the main crossing point for settlers to enter “the Points Country”. As the community around the landing began to grow, local residents wanted to give it a distinct name. A community meeting was held and three women were appointed to select a name for the community. Flora Belote’s choice was the name selected. She had decided on the name “Medeena”, after the Arabian city. Dabney was offended, he wanted it named “Floridine”. Dabney built a large sign that said “Floridine” and placed it in the water beside his landing. The next evening when he came home from working in Seattle, he found his sign had been replaced by a “Medeena” sign. He promptly took it down and put his sign back up. This feud continued for several days, with Dabney replacing the “Medeena” sign each evening when he would return from work. The ladies prevailed. Dabney eventually tired and left the “Medeena” sign up.

Tree Restrictions

In 1993, a Medina homeowner cut down several trees resulting in introduction of tree protection laws. Legally, trees may be cut down but it must be replaced by several trees, sometimes as many as 25 trees. The high number is a tactic to legally not ban tree cutting but making it so difficult that tree removal, even for dangerous or diseased trees, is impossible. Later, optional fees were allowed so that one could pay, in some cases, $30,000 to receive permission to cut down a tree.

Video Surveillance

The city is monitored by video surveillance and facial recognition software. This is intended to thwart criminals.

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