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Seattle moved into the top spot after registering yet another year of remarkable growth in 2017. The U.S. Census Bureau released new population figures for U.S. cities on Thursday, and they show that Seattle has toppled Austin, Texas, to become the nation’s fastest-growing big city this decade.The city’s population hit an estimated 725,000, gaining 17,500 people from July 1, 2016, to July 1, 2017. (📷 by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

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Workers make final preparations to new glass benches, unveiled at the Space Needle on Thursday. All-glass walls, a rotating floor and benches are part of the most expensive upgrade of the tower's history. The observation deck opens to the public today. (📷 by @seaken1 / The Seattle Times)

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After picking up Billboard Music Awards for best female artist and top selling artist over the weekend, pop superstar Taylor Swift brought her Reputation Stadium Tour to CenturyLink Field on Tuesday. Seattle is just the fourth stop on the anticipated 36-city tour, which has garnered raves since kicking off in Arizona this month. (📷 by Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

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At the mouth of the Elwha River, sediment spills into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The material is rebuilding a natural shoreline as well as an ecosystem for insects, birds and fish. Seawalls, bulkheads and other such structures prevent that kind of rebuilding. Restoring the natural shoreline at the Elwha River where it meets the sea is part of an ongoing battle to heal Puget Sound — along with a lawsuit to achieve better environmental review of new shoreline projects. (📷 by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

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It’s not just the bike lane itself that costs money; signage, islands, drainage and more add up. A cyclist pedals between a storm drain and an island along the new Seventh Avenue bike lane on Thursday. The total came to $3.8 million for one-third of a mile there. (📷 by @seaken1 / The Seattle Times)

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Haakon Thomas, 7, points a flag and reaches out to cars passing while waiting for the parade to start on Thursday. Colleen Bergsagel of Port Townsend (l) and her three grandchildren, Maren, Haakon, and Bjorn, arrived in Ballard at 3 p.m. to attend Thursday evening's Syttende Mai, a celebration of Norway's Constitution Day, which includes the annual parade through Ballard. The parade is the largest of its kind outside Norway, and it draws thousands people. Spectators watch as marching bands, drill teams, classic cars, vikings, funky floats and Scandinavian flair march down the streets and end their day of activities. The 17th of May celebration has been held in Seattle since 1889. (📷 by Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times)

A pallet with four queen bees and about 10,000 worker bees is lifted to the roof of the Sanctuary (top), formerly the First United Methodist Church. The downtown landmark on Fifth Avenue, whose cornerstone was laid in 1908, was saved from the wrecking ball and is now an event space. The idea of hives on the domed roof of the event space is Gavin Stephenson’s — he’s a beekeeper and the executive chef at The Sanctuary. He’ll use honey produced there in recipes. The bees are expected to produce about 50 pounds of honey per hive and roam a six-mile radius to collect pollen. (📷 by Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

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Trieu Lam, 11, from Van Asselt Elementary, keeps close watch on the chess pieces as his school and South Shore Elementary square off in Seattle Police Detective Cookie Bouldin’s annual Urban Youth Chess Tournament on Tuesday.
At the tournament, Bouldin says, “these are the best of the best” players, but it’s more than chess. “It’s how to build friendship with people who are different from you, different cultures. It shows how different we are, but common in so many way.” It uses the chess board to teach “sportsmanship and respect.” Twelve years ago she started with only three players and now has 270 participating. Van Asselt Elementary won this year’s competition. (📷 by Alan Berner/The Seattle Times) .
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Vishavjit Singh speaks with Taho Kakutani, a fishmonger at Pike Place Fish Company. Singh draws cartoons and dons a Captain America costume to help fight intolerance and bigotry. He visited Seattle earlier this month to launch an exhibition of his illustrations, on display through February 2019, at the Wing Luke Museum. (📷 by @corinnechinstagram / The Seattle Times)

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Supporters of a head tax cheer as the Seattle City Council prepares to vote Monday. Amazon became a kind of symbol during weeks of discussion on the head tax. Some people said big businesses ought to pay a new tax to help address the homelessness crisis, while others worried about an anti-business message. The legislation calls for a tax of $275 per employee, per year on for-profit companies that gross at least $20 million per year in the city — down from a $500-per-head tax that Mayor Jenny Durkan had threatened to veto. (📷 by @bettinahansen / The Seattle Times)

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A warm, safe place: Tradeswomen build tiny homes for homeless women in Seattle. Boo Torres, left, and Deb McGowan cut framing Saturday for the tiny houses while Melinda Nichols supervises. They’re three of about 40 volunteers — mostly women from the building trades — toiling Saturday at Seattle’s first tiny house village designated exclusively for women experiencing homelessness. “Projects like this, we really fall in love with,” said Torres, a union electrician who owns Q Generation Electric with her business partner Deb McGowan. “This is our work. We want to help women. We’re into providing transitional living and giving people second chances. And it’s just nice to be in a place where most of these people are women helping other women. There’s nothing more powerful than that.” (📷 by @deanrutz /The Seattle Times)

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Some Seattle restaurateurs find it easier to make a buck 35 miles south in Tacoma, where land and labor are cheaper and easier to find. But that shift threatens to create the same conditions they’re trying to escape: rising rents, congestion and gentrification. Here, Rhein Haus’ new Tacoma location has become a popular hangout. (📷 by @deanrutz / The Seattle Times)

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