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Originally published November 19, 2012 at 5:00 AM | Page modified November 20, 2012 at 9:52 AM

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Seattle waterfront model on view at central library

14-foot model now at Seattle Central Library gives hint of what the city’s future waterfront will be like.

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What will it be like to stroll along downtown Seattle’s waterfront in, say, 2017 or 2019?

A 14-foot-long scale model of the 26-block stretch along Elliott Bay — on display at Seattle’s Central Library — offers some hints.

There’ll be an airy, plazalike “Overlook Walk” below Pike Place Market. Between Lenora and Bell streets, crisscrossing roadways and staircases will lead to two pocket parks: Belltown Bluff and Blanchard Street Overlook. And an actual beach with pebbles and sand is planned for a one-block stretch just south of Colman Dock.

The model is a teaser, showing the layout without giving much detail. Buildings are stark white ghosts of themselves. Even the marine traffic — ferries, cruise ships, the Victoria Clipper — is represented with bland vessel-shaped “footprints.” (Gee, couldn’t someone have sprung for a few model ships to add some color?)

But what’s there is an eye-catcher. Last week, library patrons kept being sidetracked by the model, drawn into the fantasy of what a waterfront boulevard will be like with no noisy viaduct looming over it. You can find out more at www.waterfrontseattle.org. The model stays on display through Jan. 3, 2013, on Level 3 of the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free (206-386-4636 or www.spl.org).

Michael Upchurch: mupchurch@seattletimes.com

This article, published Nov. 19, 2012, was corrected Nov. 19, 2012. An earlier version of this story listed an incorrect address for more information; those interested can go to waterfrontseattle.org.

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