Soul Of The City: The Pike Place Public Market

Paperback | July 16, 2007

byAlice Shorett, Murray Morgan

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Soul of the City: The Pike Place Public Market marks the centennial anniversary of Seattle's favorite institution - Pike Place Public Market. A space that annually draws more people than any of the city's major sporting and cultural events, Pike Place has a reputation among American markets that is comparable to Les Halles in Paris and Convent Garden in London - the difference being that it has survived.

Survival of the peoples' market has not been easy for Pike Place and Soul of the City illustrates the many people who have fought to sustain it. There have always been those who have wanted to "improve" the Market by bringing it into conformity with the development spirit of the moment but somehow the Pike Place Market buildings remain on the face of a bluff, descending story by story to Western Avenue, with windows open to vistas of Elliott Bay, Puget Sound, and the Olympic Mountains. People arrive from farms and city neighborhoods to shop, sell, gather with friends, and take in the view.

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Soul of the City: The Pike Place Public Market marks the centennial anniversary of Seattle's favorite institution - Pike Place Public Market. A space that annually draws more people than any of the city's major sporting and cultural events, Pike Place has a reputation among American markets that is comparable to Les Halles in Paris and...

Alice Shorett is the founder and president of Triangle Associates, an environmental consulting firm. She began studying Seattle's Pike Place Market thirty-five years ago when she was commissioned by the City of Seattle to write a history for the National Register of Historic Places. Murray Morgan (1916-2000) was referred to by the New ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 10 × 7.01 × 0.38 inPublished:July 16, 2007Publisher:University of Washington PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0295987464

ISBN - 13:9780295987460

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MapAcknowledgmentsForeword by Peter Steinbrueck1. Seed Time2. The Goodwin Era3. The Market in Flower4. Whose Market Is It, Anyway?5. The Great Days of the Depression6. Joe Desimone, the Patriarch of Pike Place7. Empty Stalls8. Full Rooms9. Dreams and Nightmares10. The Fruits and Thorns of Victory11. The Market Is Saved - Again12. Tending to the City's SoulEpilogueRelated Reading

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Soul of the City: The Pike Place Public Market marks the centennial anniversary of Seattle's favorite institution - Pike Place Public Market. A space that annually draws more people than any of the city's major sporting and cultural events, Pike Place has a reputation among American markets that is comparable to Les Halles in Paris and Convent Garden in London - the difference being that it has survived.Survival of the peoples' market has not been easy for Pike Place and Soul of the City illustrates the many people who have fought to sustain it. There have always been those who have wanted to "improve" the Market by bringing it into conformity with the development spirit of the moment but somehow the Pike Place Market buildings remain on the face of a bluff, descending story by story to Western Avenue, with windows open to vistas of Elliott Bay, Puget Sound, and the Olympic Mountains. People arrive from farms and city neighborhoods to shop, sell, gather with friends, and take in the view.Soul of the City: The Pike Place Public Market tells of the Market's colorful, illustrious past; the episodic challenges to its survival; and the story of those citizens who fought to protect the Market from the nefarious forces and changing times that easily could have destroyed it. - Peter Steinbrueck