Recommended by Rich Smith
I just spent way too long watching a YouTube video of Seattle writer and naturalist David B. Williams telling a crowd of people about that time a civic engineer named Reginald H. Thomson convinced Seattle to use water cannons to blast away one of its seven sacred hills so that businesses could "flow unhampered in its natural channels." His description of this large-scale terraforming project—the Denny regrade—and all the other massive, manmade, or glacial changes to the land is fascinating, as is their bearing on contemporary conversations about the way the city is changing to this day. He'll be discussing his book about walking around in Seattle (Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City) along with Rob Ketcherside and Tom Heuser of the Capitol Hill Historical Society. Those two local historians will enrich Williams's natural focus by adding some of the history of the Pike/Pine corridor, which includes Auto Row and Seattle’s gay history.