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West Seattle's Alki Beach has been graced with a replica of the Statue of Liberty since 1952 when local Boy Scouts raised funding and had it installed, part of a nation-wide BSA effort that placed over 200 of these 8 ft. replicas all over America. She became a magnet for community expressions of outrage, mourning, and solidarity with the people of NYC after the 9-11 attacks. The elements and vandalism had not been kind to Lady Liberty, so she went in for an extreme makeover at the foundry. She returned rejuvenated to her pedestal last September 11th, and her original self can now be viewed in the Log House Museum. She's slated to have a new base and plaza installed for the public to enjoy by the end of this year.
Seattle Daily Photo takes this opportunity to raise a golden Tater Tot in salute to West Seattle Blog, an unparalleled community news blog and winner of Metroblogging Seattle's 2008 blog tournament. Big woo hoo and wishes for continued success in building a more connected and informed community, something no true democracy can have enough of. And, many, many thanks to SDP readers for all their kind support up through the final round, and to the MetBlogs staff for featuring and encouraging bloggers from all over the city. Thanks a bunch!