Touring a bit of Seattle’s history

(Last Updated On: December 11, 2020)

We have a tour today, beginning with a trip on the light rail.

The stations along our way all include public art, which makes each interesting in some way.

(The train yard and surrounding development really aren’t public art, but in some ways they are.)

The line is fairly new and, at least in this area, plenty of development opportunities remain.

The area around the Columbia City Station is being revitalized (with government assistance) to create a stronger community. It’s a pleasant-looking neighborhood with a mix of new affordable and market rate housing and plenty of public art. (My boss really likes the giant shovel.)

Back in Seattle proper, we wind through the International District and over to the King Street Station which is currently being restored.

Restoration of the ornate station is still in progress, meaning some areas, like the Compass Room, have been nearly completely restored. . .

. . . while the fluorescent lights formerly embedded in a suspended ceiling now dangle forlornly below the intricate original ceiling, alien objects from a forgotten time.

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They’ve done a lot, but there’s still a lot left to do.

Someday it will be a glorious again.

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