The movement that scorned Seattle's global ambitions

In the years after World War II, civic boosters undertook an effort to put Seattle on the map. They called the campaign Greater Seattle and rolled out the red carpet for transplants and tourists, promoting the transformation of the city into a global destination. Meanwhile, another kind of civic booster was arising in the shadow of Greater Seattle. Operating under the banner Lesser Seattle, these Seattleites sought to keep Seattle from changing its character. They loved the rain and did not love Californians. What became of this movement? Mossback explains.

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The movement that scorned Seattle's global ambitions

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Knute Berger

Knute “Mossback” Berger is Crosscut's Editor-at-Large as well as a regular columnist covering history, politics and culture in the Pacific Northwest.

Stephen Hegg

Stephen is a senior video producer at Crosscut and KCTS 9 focused on arts and culture.