"Intended as a grand boulevard, more like a strip city, but has it's nicer sports."
Driving on Aurora Avenue on a rainy Seattle day during rush hour is no picnic. Also not a good place to walk at night in some sections.There are nice neighborhoods nearby but not real close to the street itself. Aurora Avenue features plenty of shopping and a few nice restaurants including the rather exclusive Canlis, just south of the George Washington Memorial Bridge (natives call it the Aurora Bridge). The really sweet spot is the area where Aurora skirts Green Lake and cuts through the Woodland Park Zoo where you should spend some time.