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In 1889 Seattle’s central business district – 31 blocks – burned to the ground. The city rebuilt on top of the burned ruins leaving an underground maze of old building fronts, roads and walkways. When walking through today’s Pioneer Square neighborhood you’ll notice sections of the sidewalk filled in with purple glass squares. This isn’t for decoration – the glass actually serves as a skylight into the underground tunnels and Seattle’s past.
Seattle’s glass sidewalks are one of those things that are often overlooked, by that connect us to a place’s story and history. It’s easy to ignore these things in our everyday life, but easier to notice and learn about them when traveling – can you think of another example from your travels? Share it in the comments below!