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Seattle 1962 World’s Fair Shows Olympic Cities How to Win

The exuberant London Olympics made me want to revisit the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle, the city where I grew up.

The Space Needle, Monorail and Bubblelator of “Century 21” not only pointed to an exciting technology-driven future. The fair did what great urban spectacles like the Olympics are supposed to do: It put the city on the map, jump-starting a half-century of transformation.