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It's 9:00 PM and you are looking up the 9 block grade of Pine Street from 3rd Avenue to Melrose. This view cuts straight through the heart of Seattle's downtown shopping district and over the cut of the I-5 freeway corridor to Capitol Hill where Pine angles to the right and becomes E Pine at Melrose. I know you'll recognize that change in pavement ahead. It 's those jazzy zig zag patterns that mark Westlake Center, a plaza area which is like a community gathering place on special occasions and during demonstrations. It is bounded by 4th and 5th Avenues. Prominent among the signs you can see are those for the Monorail, Mexico Cantina, Pacific Place, the Hyatt and the historic Paramount Theatre. Macy's and Nordstrom are tucked out of sight on the left hand side of the street. Summer sales bring shoppers out on these warm, bright weeknights. For another view, see my More Seattle Stuff page.