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Cornerspotter: Name That Pedestrian Overpass II: The Overpassing

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Cornerspotter is the Curbed Seattle feature in which we show you a historical photo taken somewhere in the city and you identify the location. Impress fellow Curbed readers with your knowledge by leaving guesses in the comments or send them to our tipline: seattle@curbed.com. We'll post the answer on Friday. And hey: no cheating!


Image: Seattle Municipal Archives

Seattle's overpasses are so distinctive that it's hard to find one that's not immediately obvious. But while the construction of this one stands out, its surroundings are so radically different than they were in 1936 — shortly after it was first built — that it might be hard to pinpoint the location unless you know the bridge itself.

As a hint, let's just say that the overpass is even more necessary than ever for pedestrian safety on this ultra-busy roadway… and that those concrete traffic islands turned out to be more hazardous than helpful.

Written by Sarah Anne Lloyd