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Seattle Parks and Recreation
Prospects of living in Seattle could never be better. Everything is there, complete, with all the conveniences working to endow the healthiest lifestyle. Seattle has got splendid educational institutions; in fact the United States Bureau Survey of 2006 had shown that Seattle has the highest percentage of degree holders all over United States. Seattle holds a strong economy, thanks to the high technology revolution that's taking place all over the are (especially Redmond and Belltown). And most of all and for the benefit of its inhabitants, Seattle also maintains a number of world renowned parks and recreational sites.
Parks, recreation, landmarks, and heritage sites; these city feature provides more than just additional profit. Unbeknownst to most, it contributes highly to the promotion of a locality's culture. And yes, high culture directly benefits commerce, tourism and real estate are directly affected by substantial cultural ratings of a locality, which then generates profit. Profit, in terms of tax, allows more infrastructures built or a more involved way in preserving or promoting the cultural value of the place.
The numerous Seattle parks and recreation centers allows just that. Despite of the heavy boom of the economy and the skyrocketing prices of land values alongside Seattle Center and even farther in Fremont and Queen Anne, Seattle's rich cultural heritage are painstakingly kept from the prying hands of developers. In fact, it was during 1963 when the proposal to demolish the Pike Place Market took place that was met with such an outcry that the plan was shelved. While it should bring in more capital to the area (the marketplace was to be replaced by a hotel, a grand apartment building and several blocks of office buildings), the communities opted for the cultural heritage of Pike Place Market so that the market buildings were brought into public ownership and The Pike Place Market Public Development Authority was created.
That's one valiant communal effort against the face of bulldozers and cranes and money. Suffice to say, Pike Place Market still stands today, and to commemorate that event the Victor Steinbrueck Park was erected. But developers' battle over Seattle land did not end that day. It happened on several occasions, one of them with the Kubota Gardens, and the communities once again backed the property against a league of condominium developers.
There are now several Seattle parks and recreational areas all over Seattle. Most of them have an equally interesting story to share. But culture isn't only expressed in landmarks. Seattle relays its rich culture over festivities and fairs. One of them is the 'Bite of Seattle' that attracts a good number (around 450,000) of gourmands every year to taste the fresh cuisine in Seattle.