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How Seattle's Flesh Avenue Disappeared

Jeannie Yandel

On a Saturday in summertime, easily 40,000 people visit the Pike Place Market. But not many of those people know the Market used to house a porn theater and the biggest brothel in the city. Mercedes Yeager wants more people to know about downtown Seattle's seedy history. She runs the Seattle Lust Tour down 1st Avenue, which used to be home to more than a dozen porn theaters and peepshows. Mercedes tells KUOW's Jeannie Yandel about how the city pushed adult entertainment out of downtown. And she wonders whether that was for the best.

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