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Proposed Development To 'Assimilate' Seattle's Landmark Space Needle?

Paula Wissel
A sign of the times? A sign posted near Seattle's Space Needle on April 1.

We thought it was sacred. We thought it would be there forever. Then, the Borg came.

Plans are underway to "assimilate the Space Needle" with the construction of a mixed-use high-rise on the property the landmark currently occupies, according to a notice posted Wednesday.

The proposal would make the Seattle icon, which has stood near the city's downtown since 1962, the latest casualty of a development boom that has already claimed the bodies, souls and technology of countless civilizations throughout the galaxy.

A group calling itself the "Borg Collective" is leading the push to construct a 666-unit residential-commercial "cube" — "for use by workers," the notice specifies — that would feature a "concept restaurant and nightclub."

"Resistance is futile," the notice reads, channeling the voices of a thousand drones.

Those wishing to weigh in on the proposal have until day's end Wednesday, so get your comments in by April Fi— oh, wait...

(Editor's Note: The sign is real.)

Paula is a former host, reporter and producer who retired from KNKX in 2021. She joined the station in 1989 as All Things Considered host and covered the Law and Justice beat for 15 years. Paula grew up in Idaho and, prior to KNKX, worked in public radio and television in Boise, San Francisco and upstate New York.
Kyle Stokes covers the issues facing kids and the policies impacting Washington's schools for KPLU.