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2/13/2009--Seattle, WA, USA..Seattle's South Lake Union area (seen from the Space Needle looking north and east). A combination of public and private development has in recent years transformed the roughly 200-acre area--once dominated by light industrial, auto retailers, and the occasional no-frills takeout joint?into a pleasant gateway to Seattle?s in-city outdoor culture, complete with its own 2.6-mile streetcar route, more than 1,000 new condominium and apartment units, a newly-minted lakefront trail and waterfront park, a Russian bath house and vodka bar, and brew pubs...©2009 Stuart Isett. All rights reserved.