Viewing Seattle from Beacon Hill, then and now

It’s interesting that, when searching for pictures of “Beacon Hill, Seattle” online, you get a ton of pictures of the downtown skyline, from Dr. Jose Rizal Park. Frequently, our neighborhood gets defined by what it’s close to, rather than what it is. But we have to admit that the view from Rizal Park is pretty darned awesome. The view has changed over the years, of course. Here’s the view from the park, in 1986:

1986 Seattle skyline from Beacon Hill. Photo by Robert Ashworth -- thanks!
Seattle skyline from Beacon Hill, 1986. Photo by Robert Ashworth -- thanks!

And here’s the same view, from late last month:
Seattle skyline from Beacon Hill, 2008. Photo by Bridget C -- thanks, Bridget!
Seattle skyline from Beacon Hill, 2008. Photo by Bridget C in the Beacon Hill Blog Flickr photo pool. Thanks, Bridget!

Back in 1986 Downtown Seattle seemed pretty built-up to me (and probably to the folks who supported the CAP growth limitation ordinance), but in comparison to the modern pic, it looks like Podunk-ville.

(The new picture is from the Beacon Hill Blog Flickr photo pool. There are quite a few great pics in there — why not add yours?)