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The Changes Being Made To Seattle Today Are Nothing Compared To How It Was Altered 100 Years Ago

In the last five years, more than 14,000 construction permits have been issued by the city of Seattle. A new sea wall is being built along the waterfront, as well as a tunnel for traffic.


But what’s going on today is nothing compared to what was happening here in the late 1800s.  

What Seattle looked like when the first white settlers arrived, and how they transformed the landscape, is explored in a recent book. It’s called "Too High And Too Steep, Reshaping Seattle's Topography."


KPLU’s Jennifer Wing caught up with the book’s author, David Williams.  

Jennifer Wing is a former KNKX reporter and producer who worked on the show Sound Effect and Transmission podcast.