The image above was shot on the Pacific Avenue Bridge just above Summit — shown are the ornate lamp posts adding an artistic foreground to the towering masts atop Comcast Arena. Those masts have something to do with If you ever visit Stockholm, Sweden, you’ll more than likely be directed to visit their famed national treasure the VASA — a 16th century ship that sunk and was perfectly preserved in the brackish waters of the Baltic Sea. The ship was raised from the harbor floor and restored to its former glory, and it is indeed a national treasure that the Swedes take immense pride in. They spared no expense in the restoration project and that includes the architecture of the building that encases it. But that gigantic museum building that houses the VASA in one of the worlds great cities is reminiscent of Everett’s Comcast Arena.
The towering masts that project a modernistic maritime feeling sprout to the heavens from both the Comcast Arena and from the VASA museum building. If you spend a little time wandering around Everett and do some intensive study of the history, architecture and the people — you’ll find a city that in many ways matches some of the most spectacular sites of the world. Everett residents can be proud. Our city receives far less praise than it deserves.
None of us like the inconvenience of new construction and renevation projects, but we can be very thankful that there has been some leading edge planning incorporated into Everett. Architecture defines the basic framework of a city and Everett has made some massive strides in the last decade.