Seattle skyline, the best way to see it
I never lived in Seattle, it was The Big City, even more than Tacoma. I lived in the exurbs between Silverdale and Bremerton. Because of the ferry, however, if I could get the Bremerton, I could get to Seattle too. Even in the depths of the post-SST-cancellation slump, Seattle was relatively clean, safe, well organized place. I took buses to the UW neighborhood a couple of times, but by myself, or more likely, with my friend Jeff, I went where my feet could take me. My dentist was in a round high-rise next to the Bon Marche, about half-way between the ferry terminal and the Space Needle. Pike Street Market was a block or two off the bee-line, as were the downtown photography stores, a music store. A Ripley's Believe it or not! or clone-thereof was right next to the Ferry terminal, and a "Pier 1/Cost Plus" import emporium. Plenty of shopping opportunities, including an excellent hobby shop AND book store on the top floor of Bon Marche. There was a little photo-store in Bremerton, and I bought film and chemicals and my Patterson "universal" film developing tank there. Bremerton was NOT a big place, Seattle WAS a BIG place. And this is the view I'd see when returning home. Another ferry of the same class can be seen to the left in this panorama.
When the first really tall building went up in Seattle, it was in the hilly area that's all built up now. It was a bit higher than the Space Needle and just (visually at least) slightly larger than the flying saucer on top of the Needle. Since they were the only big things on the skyline in those days, the building was dubbed "The box the Space Needle came in" - a perfect name for out-of-towners who arrived by ferry.