Town Square

Civic discussions about town

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About Town Square

Town Square is a Seattle Channel series dedicated to connecting people and ideas. With lectures, debates, and forums recorded around the city at places such as Town Hall, the Seattle Public Library, and the Central District Forum of Arts and Ideas, Town Square brings interesting and provocative conversations to cable TV and the web.

Town Square: Who Built Seattle?
Town Square: Who Built Seattle?

Seattle is booming. In 2013 it was the country's fastest growing city, and today it has the most tower cranes of any city. But this is not Seattle's first boom; in 1890 the population doubled. Bob Ortblad, a Seattle native, civil engineer, and history enthusiast, presents the story of how Seattle was built and how it has changed over the years. With a focus on 1853 to 1953, Ortblad will discuss the implementation of our city's water, sewer, power, and transit systems and provide details about the notable buildings that were constructed or changed during that time. He will also imagine what might have been if different decisions had been made.