WATCH: 3 years of Seattle's growth in less than 4 minutes

Taryn's Wreckreation Guide

January 4, 2018

Nilanjan Bhattacharya |

My family lived in Seattle until 1996, and it's crazy to see how much it's changed in 20+ years. For nearly 5 years now, I've been commuting from as far north as Bellingham, as far south as Marysville and now Stanwood to work at KISW. From the traffic congestion alone, it's apparent that the big city has grown by leaps and bounds these past few years! But now we can see the physical growth thanks to Ricardo Martin Brualla. 


Back in 2015, a 360° webcam was put in at the top of the Space Needle that captures a panoramic view of the city from the landmark's view every 10 minutes. That's a LOT of pictures. Using a hell of a lot of time and footage (and probably a hell of a lot of computing power), Ricardo Martin Brualla created a nearly four-minute time-lapse that captures how rapidly the city has been changing in multiple areas. Check it out:


You can read more about how the video was made and some of the highlights of this project here, and the plan is to keep the webcam up for at least another 50 years!


Even if this growth has sent some of us (me!) to the suburbs, there's no question that Seattle is one of the most vibrant, music-rich and beautiful places in the country. I'm proud to have been born here, to work here and to live in the area! Can't wait for the next time-lapse video! 


Happy Adventuring, 


Taryn Daly