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Sketched Feb. 15, 2011

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Seattle Times news artist Gabriel Campanario has been capturing Seattle's places and people in hand-drawn sketches for more than a decade. To see past columns, visit the Seattle Sketcher home page. Prints, notecards and a book of Campanario’s sketches are available for sale through The Seattle Times store. You may also fill out an illustration request to order a specific image.

Consider the countdown to the viaduct’s demise officially started.

On Friday, construction crews began demolishing a portion of the First Avenue South northbound ramp next to Qwest Field. It was the first piece of the 57-year-old structure to come down.

Northbound access is scheduled to be restored by April 1, when drivers will access the elevated freeway via a new ramp at South Royal Brougham Way.

Richard Addington, manager at nearby deli, Blazing Bagels (see earlier post), said the changes will be good for the city in the long run, but traffic will be a mess as the viaduct is dismantled.

Brian Honda, owner of Seattle’s historic Triangle Pub, said a lot of free parking under the viaduct has disappeared and fears it will be hard to attract new customers.

I will continue exploring the viaduct over the next few months, capturing soon-to-disappear views and talking to people who live or work nearby. Please share memories and story ideas on my blog or by e-mail.

Sketch-worthy Seattle. Where should I take my sketchpad next? Do you know of a good sketch story waiting to be drawn? I’d love to learn about it. You can send me your suggestions to gcampanario@seattletimes.com or via Facebook or Twitter.