Monday, August 18, 2008

Sleepless in Seattle


From 1869 until 1982, Seattle was known as the "Queen City".Seattle's current official nickname is the "Emerald City", the result of a contest held in the early 1980s;the reference is to the lush evergreen trees in the surrounding area. Seattle is also referred to informally as the "Gateway to Alaska", "Rain City",and "Jet City", the latter from the local influence of Boeing.

Seattle is the birthplace of grunge music and has a reputation for heavy coffee consumption;coffee companies founded or based in Seattle include Starbucks,Seattle's Best Coffee and Tully's.

There are also many successful independent artisanal espresso roasters and cafes.

The Space Needle dating from the Century 21 Exposition (1962), is Seattle's most recognizable landmark, having been featured in the logo of the television show Frasier and the backgrounds of the television series Grey's Anatomy and iCarly and films such as Sleepless in Seattle.

The fairgrounds surrounding the Needle have been converted into Seattle Center which remains the site of many local civic and cultural events, such as Bumbershoot, Folklife and the Bite of Seattle.

Seattle Center plays multiple roles in the city, ranging from a public fair grounds to a civic center, though recent economic losses have called its viability and future into question.
The Seattle Center Monorail was also constructed for Century 21 and still runs from Seattle Center to Westlake Center a Downtown shopping mall, a little over a mile to the southeast.

The Smith Tower was the tallest building on the West Coast from its completion in 1914 until the Space Needle overtook it in 1962.The late 1980s saw the construction of Seattle's two tallest skyscrapers: the 76 story Columbia Center (completed 1985) is the tallest building in the Pacific Northwest and the fourth tallest building west of the Mississippi River.

the Washington Mutual Tower (completed 1988) is Seattle's second tallest building.Other notable Seattle landmarks include Pike Place Market the Fremont Troll the Experience Music Project (at Seattle Center), and the Seattle Central Library.

Starbucks has been at Pike Place Market since the coffee company was founded there in 1971. The first store is still operating a block south of its original location.Starbucks Center ,the company's current headquarters, is the largest building in Seattle.

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