After the fire burned down the business area, the city council finally got round to making the streets higher. For reasons that seemed good at the time, they left the sidewalks at the original level and people had to climb up and down ladders - some as high as thirty feet - to do their shopping. Eventually everyone noticed that this wasn't very sensible, and built sidewalks at the same height as the new streets. Mr Monkey listened attentively as the guide explained this, and pointed out the vaulting and girders that held bits of Seattle up.
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