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Architecture & Engineering


By Clair Enlow

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May 18, 2005

Design Perspectives: Fitting the final piece into the Civic Center puzzle

  • Relying on conventional concepts of "highest and best use" would be a massive miscalculation.
    Special to the Journal

    This spring, there are new places to walk, stand and rest in Seattle — places that can lift us in awe and make us believe we're getting the city we deserve.

    On Saturday, the place to be was City Hall when the newly completed City Hall Plaza was dedicated. Crowds lined up along the leaning rails of the terraces and gathered in the eddies and curves of the plaza. The T.T. Minor Marching Band was the perfect counterpoint to a peaceful protest of Seattle school closure decisions. As soon as the trickle of water running through City Hall flowed down the steps and reached the pools at the base of the plaza, children began to leap and play in it.

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