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Picture of the Day
Saturday
October 16, 2021

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Seattle is a capitalist sandbox and
there's no better place to get a sense
of this than a visit to Space Needle,
a crown jewel of private enterprise,
built in '62 as real estate promotion,
today it's an icon, quintessential city
landmark and source of civic pride,
wholly owned and operated by a lone
family
in a town of lowkey dynasties.
The only better views might be from
the tops of construction cranes, those
skeletal fingers pointing to a future of
more of the same. Almost since the
start, the invisible hand of capital has
been moving the earth in these parts,
flattening hills, filling the flats, laying
foundations for generational wealth
under the guise of the greater good.
Some day, none of this will be yours.