Using Urban Observation to "Ghost-Bust" Cities

March 26, 2015 3:08 PM

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In Seattle, last week, I looked across the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Olive Way, into McGraw Square, and towards the Westin Hotel, noting a Seattle urbanism trifecta---the Lake Union Streetcar, the skillet food truck and one building of Amazon's new headquarters complex under construction. What's not to like about that view?

Well, one thing for sure. I saw a ghost, of a missing building from a boyhood memory---something that Amazon might have retrofitted, today, if it were still there for the taking.

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