Urban Clutter

In this view an inbound streetcar is about ready to switch from the middle of Fairview Ave. N to the short stretch of private right of way by Lake Union Park.  Across Valley St. one can see commerce, billboards, and distant residential development and construction, as the area undergoes a major transformation. 

For many Seattle sports fans, and some others, the prominent billboard for the NBA basketball team is likely an unpleasant reminder.  Team ownership had already announced their intention to relocate the Seattle Sonics to Oklahoma City, which happened in the ensuing months.

The intersection just ahead is an intensely busy one.  The streetcar juts into the cross street before reaching its short private right of way.  For decades now, long before the coming of rail, the city of Seattle has been considering ways to revamp the traffic flow in this very hectic part of town. 

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