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Seattle -- as it was and as it is now.
I grew up in southern California and, as a young boy, visited Seattle when an uncle and his family were living there. It was around 1962 or 1963, not long
after the Space Needle was built for the World's Fair. I remember thinking of Seattle as a quiet, pleasant, luxuriantly green place. Then, in 2008, my wife and I spent two weeks in Seattle. It had erupted into a metropolis. It was surprising in its size and scope. And it was exhausting to walk. A far cry from the small place I'd visited as a boy.
This is precisely the change that Benjamin Lukoff has captured -- a change in history. Seattle went from a small town with lots of aeronautical engineers to a boom town with some of the world's biggest names calling it home.
Lukoff has captured the changes by showing us what it was like "then," and what it's like now, in photos and story. My wife and I were hoping for something like this to commemorate our visit to this great and significant modern city. There couldn't be anything more perfect than this. Lukoff's text has also provided one of the best short histories of Seattle we've seen: how it didn't even start as a city until 1851; how Seattle got it's name from chief Si'ahl who apparently met Captain George Vancouver and his crew, the first Europeans to explore the inland waters.
This is a fun look at multiple aspects of the city, documenting its growth and change with wonderful photographs of its manifold past and present. A great reminder of Seattle -- as it was and as it is now.
 

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