Hidden Cities and Off-Limits Sites

You've heard of war bunkers and subways and fallout shelters, but this list of hidden places has more than I ever knew about, like how Seattle created an underground level in one fell swoop.
The Great Seattle Fire of 1889 put an end to the first Seattle, with civic leaders making two important decisions. The first was a building ordinance specifying that all new constructions must be of brick or masonry. The second was to elevate the new city above the tideflats, effectively turning the second story of buildings into the new ground floor. Shop-keeps quickly rebuilt, and sidewalks and streets were planted one story higher than before, creating underground passageways lined with the original storefronts.

There are 15 other places and stories as well at Nile Guide. Link -via Holy Kaw!

(Image source: Sights in Seattle)

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I grew up in Seattle, every time we had family visit for the first time we'd do the Underground Seattle tour. Interesting fact? Some of the side walks were made of glass, with offices and businesses underneath. Prostitutes would post their prices on their bums and walk around those side walks, free from the confines of underpants, advertising their wares. That was always my favorite part of the tour, watching people's faces when they heard that little tidbit.
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