Issaquah, Washington, is a city 15 miles (24 kilometers) southeast of Seattle. Part of Issaquah’s recent history includes becoming home to Costco’s world headquarters. But what was there before? Just seven years prior to the wholesale store opening its doors in 1994, the land was used as a recreational airfield called the Issaquah Skyport, and had been used for flight purposes since the early 1940s.
The Purpose of Place
Places are key in molding an individual, a community, a nation’s identity. For example, the Eiffel Tower has become synonymous with France; the Space Needle with Seattle. Whether a monument, a building, a particular tree, your favorite coffee shop nook—these are all things that nestle themselves in our minds and form a direct link with our sense of a given place. Usually, sites like these imply some sense of stability—you can count on them being there. But what happens when we lose a place that was once considered the defining feature of a town?