Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle?s Topography by David B. WilliamsToo High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle?s Topography by David B. Williams

Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle?s Topography

byDavid B. Williams

Hardcover | August 24, 2015

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Residents and visitors in today?s Seattle would barely recognize the landscape that its founding settlers first encountered. As the city grew, its leaders and inhabitants dramatically altered its topography to accommodate their changing visions. In Too High and Too Steep, David B. Williams uses his deep knowledge of Seattle, scientific background, and extensive research and interviews to illuminate the physical challenges and sometimes startling hubris of these large-scale transformations, from the filling in of the Duwamish tideflats to the massive regrading project that pared down Denny Hill.

In the course of telling this fascinating story, Williams helps readers find visible traces of the city?s former landscape and better understand Seattle as a place that has been radically reshaped.

Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=af51FU8hHLI

David B. Williams is the author of several books, including Cairns: Messengers in Stone and The Seattle Street-Smart Naturalist: Field Notes from the City. He lives in Seattle.
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Title:Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle?s TopographyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:253 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:August 24, 2015Publisher:University of Washington PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0295995041

ISBN - 13:9780295995045

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Residents and visitors in today?s Seattle would barely recognize the landscape that its founding settlers first encountered. As the city grew, its leaders and inhabitants dramatically altered its topography to accommodate their changing visions. In Too High and Too Steep, David B. Williams uses his deep knowledge of Seattle, scientific background, and extensive research and interviews to illuminate the physical challenges and sometimes startling hubris of these large-scale transformations, from the filling in of the Duwamish tideflats to the massive regrading project that pared down Denny Hill.In the course of telling this fascinating story, Williams helps readers find visible traces of the city?s former landscape and better understand Seattle as a place that has been radically reshaped.Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=af51FU8hHLIToo High and Too Steep shows the dramatic, visionary sculpting of the Seattle cityscape from founding to the present day?and into the future. Williams explores the irony that the Emerald City, surrounded by blue water and forested mountains, may be the most engineered metropolis on earth, and he shows us how to discover the original topography, man-made cityscape, and ongoing evidence of glaciers, faults, and tides. Seattle, he convinces us, will continue to shape its landscape, and that landscape in turn will continue to shape Seattle. - Lorraine McConaghy, author of New Land, North of the Columbia and Warship under Sail