historic seattle

Historical Map: Rapid Transit Plan for the Metropolitan Seattle Area, 1970

A look at another stalled attempt to get rapid transit up and running in Seattle, this time from 1970. A lot of the proposed alignments look very familiar, but they are often constrained by Seattle’s difficult geography. I see that they were thinking of running rapid transit over the I-90 floating bridge – quite the engineering feat even now, let alone over 40 years ago. Even now, it’ll be the first light rail track travelling across a floating bridge in the world when built.

A beautiful illustration style, though, with a restrained but useful three-colour palette (black, cyan and orange). I wish there were more planning maps like this these days.

Source: SounderBruce/Flickr

Hey Seattle friends, there’s an art show tonight in a historic house that’s going to be demolished soon. It’s super important to support artists and CHAW to empower and give visibility to the longtime residents of the neighborhood!!! Here’s some more info:

On the corner of 12th and E. John Street, a classic house awaits demolition to make way for the construction of another high-density apartment building. During the past decade, the house has provided local artists and other small businesses with affordable studio and office space.
We view this particular shift of land use as symbolic of the greater change happening in Seattle. Historic buildings are being rapidly demolished and replaced by developments that are too expensive for many artists and other members of alternative culture to afford, pushing them out of the urban core.
Artists are integral to a thriving community, an important part of what makes Capitol Hill and other urban neighborhoods interesting places to live in and visit.
Over 20 artists will take over the house for a curated exhibition during the Capitol Hill Art Blitz art walk.

Our mission is to increase the visibility of local artists and promote interaction with our community.
The flexibility of a pop-up gallery allows us to make the work of a wide variety of artists more accessible.
This is a conversation about how artists and other creative types can thrive in the changing economic landscape of our developing neighborhoods.

We invite you to put yourself at the intersection of progress and possibility. Come see what your neighbors are creating.

I’m gonna be there later on, you should come by if you’re in the area!


YouTube user Jef Altman recently uploaded some 16 mm video shot by his father in the 1950s. The color videos are of a remarkable quality. Here’s Seattle in 1955: