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By Clair Enlow

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December 30, 2009

Design Perspectives: Can Pioneer Square fill the Elliott Bay Book void?

  • Business is booming above the retail ground floors, with professional and tech businesses moving into office spaces.
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    At the corner of First Avenue and Main Street, news of the closing of Elliott Bay Book Co.'s Pioneer Square store has sent shock waves through the city and region.

    The loss will leave a hole in the heart of Seattle's first commercial area, where the store has been a retail anchor for more than 30 years, changing hands only once. With its readings, signings and café in the basement, it's been an oasis of literary culture, a meeting place and hub of activity in daytime hours. The rambling interior spaces, with exposed brick and timbers, is a warm reminder of the urban pioneering days of the 1970s.

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