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Along the Mother Road

Along the Mother Road



Traffic is shown on Aurora Avenue North on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, in Seattle.
Credit KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
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Traffic is shown on Aurora Avenue North on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, in Seattle.



State Route 99 is an iconic roadway — a relic from Seattle’s early days when the city dreamed that free and easy travel by car would attract people to its center, and later, help them bypass congestion downtown.

But what sped by was time. The road is better known today for its seedier side — prostitution, homelessness, discount stores and car dealerships.

Seattle’s growth is bringing changes and tensions to the throughway some call Seattle’s “Mother Road.” We look at what it tells us about where we came from and where we’re going.