Mark LeyComment

Seattle. Above and below...

Mark LeyComment

I find the city of Seattle gorgeous. Something about the older building and a hearty character that seems to always shine through the fog, cold and rain. I set out to explore all sides of the city on this trip. Above and below ground, I was hoping to catch a new "glimpse" based on my expanding interests and some personal projects. I forayed into the abandoned underground section of the city. Roaming the subterranean passages that once were the main roadways and first-floor storefronts of old downtown Seattle. Down forgotten alleyways and through routed fences there is a whole different world waiting to be rememberedIn 1907 the city condemned the Underground for fear of bubonic plague, two years before the 1909 World Fair in Seattle. The basements were left to deteriorate or were used as storage. Some became illegal flophouses for the homelessgambling halls, speakeasies, and opium dens