At the core of downtown Seattle is a revitalized shopping district consisting of about 16 city blocks. The retail area, transformed in the 1990’s by a series of redevelopment projects, includes many boutique shops and larger destinations such as Nordstrom’s flagship store, the upscale Pacific Place shopping center, Macy’s downtown store, Westlake Center and the Meridian block, home to Nike Town and Game Works.
Just east of the retail district is the Washington State Convention and Trade Center. Included in this are the 450-room Elliott Grand Hyatt and the 22-story One Convention Place office tower.
To the south and west is the business district, with more than 100 towers and smaller buildings containing most of downtown Seattle’s 30 million square feet of office space.
The tallest building in the city and the Pacific Northwest is the 76-story, 1.5 million-square foot Bank of America
Tower, at Fifth Avenue and Columbia Street.
The downtown waterfront, dotted with piers, offers stunning views of Elliott Bay and, on clear days, the Olympic Mountains. This area includes restaurants, offices, the Seattle Aquarium and the Bell Street Pier cruise ship terminal. The Port of Seattle has its headquarters at Pier 69.
Just east of the waterfront is the world-famous Pike Place Market, known to locals as simply “The Market.” The historic facility dates to 1907 and attracts an estimated 9 million visitors a year. An eclectic mix of farmers, craftspeople and merchants occupies its booth and retail spaces.
Downtown is also a hub for culture and art with the Seattle Art Museum, Benaroya Hall, home of the Seattle Symphony and the Seattle Art Museum known as SAM.
Bio compiled by www.seattlepi.nwsource.com