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 was introduced for the first time on September 9, 2015 at the University Bookstore, where the author told about his research and some of the amazing stories of Seattle’s regrading projects. Mr. Williams’ blog page contains more regrading info links. Here is a preview of the book with a video interview of the author.