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    Pigs on Parade

    by Maria250 Updated Aug 19, 2011

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    Why Pigs? In 1971, the citizens of Seattle voted to save the Pike Place Market from the wrecking ball and also to ensure vital social services for low-income people. The Market Foundation thought a piggy bank could help raise money for these services. Georgia Gerber, a local sculptor, designed Rachel, the Market's piggy bank. Want to learn more about the porcine wonders currently hogging Seattle's sidewalks all over? These 100 pigs are sponsored by 100 piganthropists, to collect money for low income ppl at the Pike Market Medical Clinic, Senior Center, Preschool and Downtown Food Bank.

    Pigs on Parade
    1531 Western Ave
    Seattle, Washington 98101

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    Layne Staley's condo

    by HispanicYob Updated Jul 8, 2011

    For those who aren't familiar with Layne Staley, he was the lead singer of Alice in Chains, the popular grunge rock group of the 1990's Seattle scene. His voice left a lasting legacy on a lot of today's musicians, and his memory lives on in the music he made with Alice in Chains and Mad Season. Layne Staley succumbed to a drug overdose in 2002, ending a unique and talented life. It's such a shame.

    The place where Mr. Staley spent his last years of his life is located in the University District area. A suburb full of college students and bohemian-types. His condo is located at 4528 8th Ave NE St. near the interserction of NE 45th Ave. It's located on a busy little suburban road with a tree-lined verge on one side, and houses and the other side. If you are a huge music fan you won't want to miss this place. The building itself is nothing special. A green and white building. There's no memorial of any kind near here, which is sad, as there should be. But it's the place where Layne lived. If you are on a pilgrimage of visiting Seattle music stars residences and what not, this is a place to visit and pay your respects or reflect. RIP Layne, you left too soon. But you're writing songs with God and his angels in heaven now, and your voice was one of a kind.

    RIP Layne Staley, you're writing songs with God At Layne Staley's condo in the University District
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    Kurt Cobain Seattle House

    by HotSpotJ Written Apr 5, 2011

    Kurt Cobain tragically died (by his own hand on the official report) while in the midst of becoming a true American rockstar. Some say he was the last of that mold. His home where he died has become a destination for many of his fans over the years, and though it is a morbid curiosity, it is one of the more beautiful places in the city. It is located in the affluent Denny-Blaine neighborhood of Seattle, about 10 minutes from downtown. The house is located at 171 Lake Washington Boulevard East. The house is close to the road though very secluded by trees and a large gate, and the greenhouse next to it has been long demolished after Kurts suicide in it. There are two benches in a small park adjacent to the South end of the property that fans have used as a makeshift memorial for Kurt. I would not advise anyone to go to this residence and snoop around, but perhaps go to the park and take in the view as Kurt did during his years there. If nothing else, its a gorgeous drive on the way in.

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    Kayaking Lake Union

    by ejvigil Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Want to see another view of the city? Go rent a kayak in the U District and paddle yourself around! We choose the route to Foster Island were we got off and took a mini hike around the Isle. It was a great experience and well worth it! You also have the choice to check out downtown Seattle area where you can get a great view of the Sleepless in Seattle house.

    Few things to remember though: wear sunscreen...or you'll be red like me, and NEVER TAKE OFF YOUR LIFE JACKETS... you'll get detention like we did... hee hee!

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    Tillicum Village

    by lashr1999 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    A bit on the touristy side, visit if you have the time. You start on a boat cruise, followed by buffet lunch and stage show performed by Native Americans. After, you can walk the trails and beach and see Blake Island State Park.

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    Giggles comedy Club

    by Summer33 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is my favorite weekend pass time. Giggles always has such a great line up, we've seen tons of comedians there and although some are better then others never have we had a bad time. It's usually around $15 to get in plus you get a free ticket to one of the next three or four shows so it's a good deal.

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    Woodinville Wineries

    by karenincalifornia Written Feb 25, 2011

    Surprisingly to many people, Washington actually has many outstanding wineries. Most are on in the eastern part of Washington because the west is too cold and wet for the grapes. However, you can make a short drive over to Woodinville and hit a number of tasting rooms. One of the largest wineries in the area with beautiful grounds is Chateau St. Michelle. It's definitely worth a visit if you want to taste some wine and see some gorgeous scenery.

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    Seattle's Gum Wall

    by Jefie Updated Nov 11, 2010

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    This is one of the weirdest attractions I've ever seen! Down in Lower Post Alley, in the Pike Place Market area, the Market Theater's wall is almost entirely covered with chewing gum! Apparently, back in 1993, people started sticking their gums to the wall as they were waiting in line before a show. At first the theater's owners would periodically scratch the gums off the wall, but as the tradition grew and more and more gums were being stuck, they simply decided to embrace it. The theater is now covered 15 feet high in gum, over about 50 feet. Sylvain thought it was rather disgusting and wouldn't go anywhere near the wall (well, it did come in second place on a list of the world's germiest attractions), but I thought the colour effect was rather nice to look at!

    The Market Theater is located at 1428 Post Alley.

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    Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

    by travelfrosch Updated Mar 3, 2010

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    About a 90-minute drive south of Seattle is the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, run by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Easily accessible by car (Exit 114 off of I-5), this area offers pleasant walking trails and fine views of the Olympic Range, Puget Sound, and various volcanic peaks of the Cascades when the weather is clear. In addition, as the name would indicate, it is an excellent place to view wildlife, especially birds. There are even a few special viewing blinds for photographers.

    The best walk in the park is the Brown Farm Dike Trail, a 5.5 mile (9km) loop which includes a long path on the western side of the park, affording excellent wetland views and some very good viewpoints for the Olympics and Tacoma Narrows. (UPDATE: This trail was closed permanently in May 2009, but a new trail called the "Nisqually Estuary Trail" is under construction and is partially open as of March 2010.)

    Entrance to the park costs $3 per family per day. An annual pass costs $12. The new National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass ($80) is also valid. Collections are on the honor system: Take an envelope from the box in the parking lot, put your fee in the envelope, fill out the small form, take your receipt, and place the envelope in the collection box (passholders write their pass numbers on the envelope and take their receipt).

    Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Forest and Grasslands Hills and Wetlands Sara enjoying the view On the Brown Farm Dike Trail
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    SODO Murals / SODO Urban Art Corridor

    by glabah Written Jan 20, 2010

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    The south side of downtown Seattle has become known as SoDo (SOuth DOwntown), and much of it is industrial land. As seems to always happen with industrial areas, the blank side of the buildings have become a magnet for those spray painting the side of buidlings.

    One of the methods of counteracting this problem has been to actually create legal artwork on the side of the buildings to break up the space, and discourage the painting of more stuff on the walls. The unofficial artwork seems less likely to appear on artwork that is already there, rather than on a blank wall.

    However, there is still a problem of unofficial, unauthorized spray painting of the side of buildings, and in cases over the top of the official art work.

    The murals are concentrated along the bus and light rail corridor leading south from the Seattle Transit Tunnel under downtown Seattle. There is no officially legal way to view most of the murals except by riding a bus or train through the area, as the only pedestrian access is to the several bus stops along the corridor.

    The murals are along what would be 5th Avenue, if it were an active numbered street, between Royal Brougham Way and Spokane Street.

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    check out the many parts of Seattle

    by richiecdisc Written Nov 9, 2009

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    Seattle like most great cities is one of neighborhoods and unfortunately most tourists do not leave the downtown area, missing much of the nuances that make this a great town. The outlying areas are not suburbs but more like boroughs of Seattle, very much in the city but more where people live and therefore play. Great ones to check out include Fremont, Ballard, Green Lake, Tangletown, Queen Anne, and the University District. There are no attractions per se but they are great areas to walk around and admire the architecture. The best way to get a feel for them is to grab a coffee, meal or beer.

    Seattle's neighborhoods are full of local color
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    Interlaken Park

    by glabah Updated Sep 21, 2009

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    Located between Volunteer Park and the Washington Park Arboretum, Interlaken Park is a dense forest with a number of well developed trails. As this is a steeply sloping park, there are also a few staircases formed with gravel and wooden ties.

    Due to the steeply sloping nature of the park, I suggest arriving by bus route #12, which goes to the highest point of the park at Galer Street and 19th Avenue. It is then an all-downhill walk to the Washington Park Arboretum.

    For even more downhill walking, visit Volunteer Park (bus 10) and its Watertower Observation Deck, then walk down Galer Street to Interlaken Park.

    Towards the downhill side of the park you will find a fairly wide path / narrow street. This is Interlaken Blvd. If you follow this downhill, it will eventually cross busy 24th Avenue. Keep following it, and it will eventually wind up at the Washington Park Arboretum.

    Trying to cross Lake Washington Blvd at anything other than a pedestrian overpass or a traffic light is a major undertaking, and not for the faint of heart. Your best option is to visit the parts of Washington Park that are on the west side of this busy road first, and work your way over to one of the pedestrian bridges - or just stay on the west side of Lake Washington Blvd.

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    The different public libraries in Seattle

    by joiwatani Written Jun 13, 2009

    There are many libraries in Seattle. The biggest one actually is in downtown Seattle. It was recently renovated and a "state of the art" library.

    This library in North Seattle is small but I like it very much. I can just drop off books or videos any day or even at night without even going inside the library.

    There are also mobile libraries and they go from one school to another.

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    Denny Park

    by glabah Written May 29, 2009

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    While it isn't a tourist destination by any means, this little park does offer some shade (believe it or not, due to the amount of concrete Seattle can get quite hot and uncomfortable in the summer) near the Seattle Center (home of the Space Needle). There is a drinking fountain, and in May the rhododendron are in bloom.

    The park features a number of benches, and a fenced in playground area (the fence keeps the little ones from running into traffic) and some quite large trees.

    While traffic noise from the nearby Denny Way is still quite present in the park, it is possible to get quite far away from the road here, and the roads on all other sides of the park are considerably less busy. This provides a pleasant retreat from the city in the area around the park.

    A monument in the park is dedicated "To the Memory of Rev. Mark Matthews DD LLD Preacher of the Word of God and Friend of Man Erected by his Fellow Citizens 1942"

    The park is located between Dexter Avenue N and 9th Avenue N, North of Denny Way and south of John Street.

    Plaza at Center of Denny Park has benches, plants playground with fence on north side of Denny Park monument to Rev Mark Matthews in Denny Park plaza at center of Denny Park with Rhododendron large trees provide excellent shade in Denny Park
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    Steel Ping-Ping Table Sculpture (standard table?)

    by glabah Updated May 29, 2009

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    There are many odd sculptures scattered all over Seattle, but one of them really caught my eye as it appeared to have some considerable recreational value as well as serve the needs of public artwork.

    It appears to be a reasonable regulation ping-pong table (table tennis table) located just north of the South Lake Union branch of the Seattle library. That is, it is located on the north side of Harrison Street, between 8th Avenue North and 9th Avenue North. It is approximately halfway along the block.

    It appears to be a regulation table, for the most part. Even if it isn't a regulation table, it certainly is a playable surface.

    Unfortunately, I was unable to find any sort of title for the sculpture on any of the walls surrounding the small plaza where it is located.

    You will notice that there are benches in the background along the bamboo planter, for people to observe the games played on the table.

    It would be very interesting to find some sort of artist's statement for this one. The legs of the table sit on oversize balls, and on the legs of the table are the names of various famous figures of science. There are eight names: two on each leg. The names are:

    Stephen Jay Gould, Edward O. Wilson (these share a leg)
    Jean Baptiste Lamarck, Charles Darwin (these share a leg)
    Albert Einstein, Max Planck (these share a leg)
    James Watson, Rosalind Franklin (these share a leg)

    Why were these particular people chosen? Did they all enjoy ping-pong? Were they regarded by the artist as being a foundation for the current game of ping-pong? Were they somehow regarded as smashing previous notions of science, and that is why the table is shown crushing the balls underneath?

    All of these are quite interesting quesions, none of which seem to be answered very easily by looking at this interesting and also quite useful sculpture.

    Currently (May 26, 2009) there are no signs warning people not to play an actual game of ping pong on the sculpture. However, the table is equipped with a light for people to play games at night.

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