Development in South Lake Union has grown quickly, and concerns about maintaining views of the iconic Space Needle have come to the forefront. In response to these concerns, and to ensure views of the Needle will not be tarnished, local companies have purchased six plots of land around the city in order to build replicas of the landmark in multiple locations.
Amazon, Microsoft, Boeing, and Real Networks, among others, have bought plots in hopes that it will ensure a mutually beneficial living and working environment for all Seattleites. The now seven Space Needles will represent the original seven hills on which Seattle was built. The new locations will be in six different neighborhoods across the city, celebrating diversity among Seattleites: Wallingford, Capitol Hill, Beacon Hill, First Hill, Magnolia, and West Seattle.
The Office of Economic Development is partnering with these companies to ensure that the rising economy is in sync with the unique urban environment of Seattle. Steve Johnson, Director of the Office of Economic Development, said at a recent press event that “the future of our city depends upon the delicate balance between developing our economy and nurturing our culture. We cannot afford to let one slip into the shadow of the other. I believe that the new Space Needles built around our city will bolster a sense of pride in the place we call home.”
Construction of the first of the new Space Needles will start next month.
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