I walked through the heart of Pioneer Square with its totem pole and pergola. I saw an artist selling his wares, a group setting out on the Underground Tour and the Merchant Cafe, Seattle's Oldest Restaurant.
This edge of the downtown core provides sharp contrasts between the old and the new architecture. The Municipal Tower (with an I-5 carpool lane entrance running under it) and the Columbia Tower contrast with the ornate facades of the older buildings.
I admired the walrus heads on the recently restored Arctic Club building.
I walked east on Yesler and noted new residential buildings, then crossed I-5 and saw the edge of Yesler Terrace.
Next I turned around and walked back down Yesler enjoying the views of Puget Sound, the Olympics,
the train station, the sports stadiums, the Port of Seattle's large container cranes
and the Smith Tower (for years, the tallest building west of the Mississippi).
I walked along Post Alley and saw an Irish Pub
and a mural.
The First United Methodist Church will be a neighbor to the future Fifth and Columbia building.
I passed painted utility boxes,
direction sign posts, the King County Correctional Facility (with a bail bonds office across the street),
a sign welcoming me to Seattle's Outdoor Meal Site (under I-5), a mailbox at Western and Columbia,
a pedestrian overpass across Western,
a mural at 2nd Avenue
and the Army and Navy entrance to the YMCA.
It seems that every time I walk downtown, I see something new.