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Seattle embraces a fake history and fake future… to create a real culture

From CrossCut

I have tried to remind people over the years that far from being “Metronatural,” Seattle’s landscape has been massively terra-formed what with logging old growth, rerouting rivers, building canals, and washing away hillsides. 

A much-quoted figure is that the “re-grading” of our original hillsides and dumping the fill into Elliott Bay (which created a lot of new developable land in Belltown, the Waterfront, Pioneer Square, SoDo, the industrial area, and elsewhere) moved an amount of earth equal to the diggings of the Panama Canal.

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