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A Sign of Times Gone By | by T.D. Ford (Grundlepuck)
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A Sign of Times Gone By

Seattle is tearing down its huge, ugly, yet oddly endearing downtown Alaskan Way Viaduct -- a two level concrete expressway built in 1953 -- and as the demolishing begins they allowed people to walk along a closed section of it today.


This sign -- presumably indicating that you are passing over Charles Street -- was probably accurate at one time before the building of sport stadiums caused Charles to terminate several blocks away. So this is a another little bit of history that will disappear along with the viaduct.


In the background are the shipping containers and giant cranes of Seattle's shipyards.

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Taken on October 22, 2011