Few Seattle construction projects have caused more headaches these last few years than the vital but weak Alaskan Way Viaduct. But go back a few decades, and we suffered the weight of a much larger concrete beast -- one that tore up neighborhoods and split the city -- quite literally -- in two.
Fights over infrastructure in Seattle are not new. This article takes a brief look back at the creation off I5 and how it split the city in half. That simple strip on concrete has become a sharp dividing line in the city, separating one neighborhood from another and really setting the bar for the cultural distinction between Downtown and First Hill/Capitol Hill.