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By Clair Enlow

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January 18, 2012

Design Perspectives: The new North Lot: erasing a civic embarrassment

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For more than three decades, Pioneer Square has looked south across almost four blocks of surface parking. The North Lot, first by the Kingdome and now next to its replacement, CenturyLink Field, was a civic embarrassment and a developer's dream: a sea of paving in the historic heart of Seattle, large enough to hold a new middle class neighborhood.

Images courtesy of ZGF Architects [enlarge]
This view of Seattle from above CenturyLink Field shows the first phase of the North Lot development, with the South Tower in the center. The 25-story tower is being compared to iconic structures like the Smith Tower, and even the Space Needle.

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