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Roger Sale: Seattle’s Downtown

From Roger Sale’s Writing a History of Seattle, a 21-part series broadcast on KRAB radio in 1970 and rebroadcast in 1975.

Seattle’s downtown was bustling with activity. Residents knew the downtown well and business owners often lived at or near their place of work. There was furniture, florists, food. Houses, hotels, and churches were on different avenues. Downtown was a compact space with many activities taking place.