What is Seattle? Anyone who has lived here more than a year has watched the city transform under our feet, as it has many times before. The three creators of Seattleness use their expertise in design, architecture, and geography to turn our ideas of Seattle inside-out again and again on the page. See our familiar topography of hills and inlets remapped to reveal layers of history and patterns of behavior: two of the pages I lost myself in most thoroughly were a color-coded 3D map of downtown’s building booms and a stylized grid showing the density and influence of corporate and independent coffee shops. And of course I was fascinated by a chart measuring the frequency of various plot elements in Seattle-set novels. (Also, Phinney Books gets a mention!!) Open it up, and rethink your own city.
—Tom Nissley, Phinney Books, Seattle, WA