The covered stalls along Pike Place at the market were almost all unoccupied Tuesday, but for a couple of pedestrians and a pigeon searching for snacks atop the tiles with names. The snow, uncharacteristically heavy and long-lasting for the Seattle area, kept a lot of people from venturing out. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)
The covered stalls along Pike Place at the market were almost all unoccupied Tuesday, but for a couple of pedestrians and a pigeon searching for snacks atop the tiles with names. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

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