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Seattle PI staff to say goodbye to globe building

July 25th, 2011 by Thea

The remaining staff of the SeattlePI, the web-only news site that has continued on after the Seattle Post-Intelligencer published its last paper edition in March of 2009, will now be moving out of the historic globe building on the city’s waterfront, according to a report by the Associated Press Friday.

* Photo by Joe Mabel, used with permission via Creative Commons license.

Over the years the PI globe has become a Seattle landmark, no doubt helped by its picture perfect location poised on the edge Elliott Bay and right next to Myrtle Edwards Park.

* Photo by and courtesy of camknows, via Flickr.

From the AP:

Hearst Corp. spokesman Paul Luthringer says the site’s lease expires on July 31, prompting a move to a larger space near the current location. He says the new building has the appropriate technical infrastructure, and he adds that the site will keep some office space at the building.

The 146-year-old Seattle Post-Intelligencer ceased printing on March 17, 2009. A day later, seattlepi.com was launched.

At the time, questions arose about the future of Post-Intelligencer’s 18-ton rotating globe. So far it has stayed spinning atop the building, but three city councilmembers are pushing for the globe to be designated a historical landmark.

The Museum of History & Industry has also negotiated with Hearst about taking stewardship of the globe, but no agreement has been reached.

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