Mark Byrnes is a senior associate editor at CityLab who writes about design and architecture.
Telling the story of a city through its digitized ephemera
Seattle has placed much of its municipal archives online, making for easy access to various chapters of the city's past. The archives can be accessed through their website or Flickr and with such a wide spectrum of civic material, one can't help but wish every city had an equivalent online collection.
We picked some representative pieces from the archives to show the city's evolution from planning for the growing presense of cars and commercial aviation, to slum clearance, subway propsals and gentrication (we highly recommend clicking the "full screen" option below for the best experience):