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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Pike Place Market’s Newest View

7/7/17 Waterfront and skyline view from MarketFront plaza

The north end of the Pike Place Market has been undergoing an expansion that finally opened to the public just last week. The new MarketFront has stores, restaurants and other venues and one of the best views of the waterfront from a huge, multi-level plaza.

USk Seattle wasted no time in getting over there for an outing, and I wasted no time in tackling that panoramic view (if I hesitated, I was afraid I’d chicken out). On a sunny but comfortably warm morning, I found a spot on a wide stairway overlooking the Great Wheel, Safeco and CenturyLink stadiums, the viaduct (both north and southbound) and the MarketFront’s plaza.

7/7/17 Billie the Pig
With the tough one out of the way, I relaxed and wandered over to the vendor area, where Billie the Pig (sister to Rachel) was the top selfie spot for tourists. Unlike standing Rachel, who is easy to climb aboard for photos, Billie is seated, so her slippery, sloped backside proved to be challenging for most kids who attempted to ride her.

Billie’s bronze footprints can be engraved with donors’ names and placed in the ground. Likewise, the fencing all around the MarketFront was decorated with thousands of charms engraved with the names of supporters. (Back in the ‘80s, I got my name engraved on a floor tile in support of the Market, so these types of tokens are part of the Market’s legacy.)

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