From the time that settlers first arrived in Seattle in 1851, they began redesigning the landscape. There just seemed to be something about wanting to reconfigure the topography to suit civic purposes, which drove a near-mania for regrading. It has been said that Seattle is the most engineered city in the world. From the sluicing of Denny Hill to the digging of a ship canal, Seattle’s transformation has made its original form nearly unrecognizable.
In his new book, Too High and Too Steep, author David B. Williams has combined research, scientific background, and personal observations on how and why our city has been altered. The book will be introduced for the first time on Wednesday, September 9th at 7 PM at the University Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE in Seattle. David B. Williams will tell about his research and will autograph copies of Too High and Too Steep.
Here is a preview of the book with a video interview of author David B. Williams. If you can’t make it to hear him on September 9th, other upcoming Seattle-area dates are: Saturday, October 10 at the downtown Seattle Public Library; Thursday, November 12 at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park.