Seattle's Central Waterfront

by William Clark, Port of Seattle, Seattle, WA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Engineering 1966


The character and identity of Seattle are based largely on its extensive waterfront areas. The city has approximately 90 miles of shoreline, one of the benefits of possessing a varied topography. The shoreline includes frontage on the saltwater of Puget Sound and the freshwater of Lake Union, Lake Washington, the Duwamish River, and other smaller water bodies. The major fresh and salt water areas are connected by canals and a lock facility constructed early in this century. The economy of Seattle was from the outset strongly related to waterborne commerce. Because of the diversity of character and function along the city's waterfront, there are considerations and issues specific to different areas. This paper concentrates on the central waterfront, where change has had and continues to have its greatest effects.

Subject Headings: Salt water | Urban and regional development | Shoreline protection | Water resources | Urban areas | Municipal water | Lakes | Washington | United States | Seattle

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