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In winter, Seattle becomes the City of Lights.

Twinkling white lights go on all over downtown Seattle on the day after Thanksgiving. Strung through bare tree branches, they reflect on wet walls and rain-slicked streets each night through March. The occasion? Northwesterners call it the winter festival--the dark, wet period when residents come off the water and in from the mountains to enjoy city restaurants, clubs, galleries, and theaters.

The tradition started in the early '80s in a three-block area owned by the University of Washington. Don Covey, then president of UNICO Properties (manager of the university's downtown real estate), suggested leaving the lights on until the threes began to bud out. Other businesses followed suit. Lights on leafless trees are one example of how we adapt, with flair, to what nature has given us.
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Title Annotation:Window on the West; Seattle, Washington
Article Type:Illustration
Date:Nov 1, 1992
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