Logging, the Klondike Gold Rush, Boeing, Amazon and grunge music; these are the foundations of the Emerald City. Downtown was edgy and exciting. Gays walked hand-in-hand. Skyscraper-builders drank Starbucks. Mental-health sufferers howled loud and long in the streets.
This is one of America’s most liberal cities – but to us, it didn’t seem like a city at ease with itself.
We photographed downtown from the top of the 1914 built Smith Tower (below left). But the symbol of Seattle is the amazing Space Needle built 48 years later (below right).