The transformation of Seattle's topography has picked up the pace as the trucks have hauled their way across town, and back and forth between the upper and lower lots, raising the grades on both sides of Elliott significantly.

The lower lot is deceptive because of it's openness, but looking west, towards the to-be-relocated trolley barn, you can see the change is now measured in feet. To the south, the grade is sneaking up on the Pier 70 site line.

There's no mistaking the radical change on the upper lot. The steep incline, running the length of the lot, is obvious looking north and south along the west side. Looking across the top of the lot from Western, all but the tallest trucks in the traffic have disappeared from view. Look back at July 16th for perspective.

Of course, moving all this dirt means taking care of daily tasks, like cleaning the wheel wash that keeps the dirt in the lot and off the street.

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