Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Downtown: Pioneer Square, International & Business Districts

A medical appointment brought me downtown this morning so I stayed in the area to walk streets I had missed in the Pioneer Square and International District neighborhoods. Including walking to and from the bus tunnel and window shopping in the retail core, I walked 8.8 miles.

From 6th Avenue, I walked east on Washington Street to the lovely Kobe Terrace Park which is across the street from the Nippon Kan Theatre.

I noticed a Parking Police Officer peddling up the hill - I would run into this officer a few more times on this morning's walk.

Many of the sites abutting this area have been reported and pictured in prior posts so I won't mention all the sites of these neighborhoods. I did stop to admire the no longer in service Jackson Street and Occidental Park stops of the Waterfront Streetcar,

artwork outside the fire station and 

artists' lofts.

I passed a Sounder (train) station, the Police Museum

Seattle Lighting, the Union Gospel Mission, Bread of Life Mission, the Foster White Gallery, the Something Old Something New Thrift Shop, the Pioneer Square Pergola, the New Orleans Restaurant, the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, Klondike Penny's Old Time Portrait Studio, the Pioneer Square Post Office Station, the Comedy Underground and, at 2nd and Main, the Seattle Fire Department Headquarters, which is home to the Antique Fire Apparatus Display - I hope to return and visit this display but I was on my way to meet my daughter at Tat's Deli and didn't have time to stop.
I did have time to admire beautiful Seattle Waterfall Garden which was built on this site at 2nd and Main to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of UPS in Seattle in 1907. I was impressed enough to bring my daughter back here after our yummy lunch. This park was privately built and is maintained by the Annie E. Casey Foundation (which was established in 1948 by Jim Casey, one of the founders of UPS, and his siblings, who named the Foundation in honor of their mother).

The sidewalk around the park is home to many decorative man hole and other utility covers.

Occidental Park is home to totems, impressive firefighter statuary and a stately, ivy-covered building.

I passed buildings which probably predate the Alaskan Way Viaduct and will probably outlive it and other sites  too numerous to photograph all of them (but here's a sample).

The Pioneer Square neighborhood always has much to offer.

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