Day 316

Day 316 says, “Hey, I’m in Seattle and things are going great!” And that’s the bottom line, because Stone Cold Steve said so.

Now that I got the outdated 90’s reference out of the way, I think it best to move on.

One thing I find rather interesting about Seattle is its ability to balance two very different personalities at the same time. On one hand, you have this quaint little harbor town, filled with specialty shops and a wide array of artisans and do-it-yourselfers. They push healthy living, farm-fresh ingredients and supporting all things local. Even when walking downtown, you could easily forget you’re in the presence of skyscrapers, because at street level, the whole area still maintains that ‘small town’, residential feel.

And the people? They’ve all adopted the punk rock mentality—one that says, “We can’t rely on others to do it for us, so we’ll do it ourselves". Heck, just take a stroll around Capitol Hill and I challenge you to find a single lamp post that isn’t covered in six feet of flyers, posters and event notices.

On the other hand, Seattle is extremely modern and if you ever take in one of the city’s stunning views, you’d think that mentality never ends. The cuisine is more upscale; the newer apartments offer bright colors, stainless steel appliances and a copious amount of amenities—all housed in neighborhoods that are seemingly popping up over night. There’s also a lot of new construction going on in the city—enough to rival that of Austin—and the blame seems to be squarely on Amazon.

Personally, I think you could equally blame Google and the wealth of other companies who are building offices here too. But given that Amazon is literally building its own neighborhood, I can understand the frustration. True, jobs aren’t a bad thing at all, especially for a city with a rather visible homeless problem. But if the city were to lose it’s charm and character in the shadows of high rises and glass buildings, you have to question if it’s worth it.

Despite these very disparate characteristics, Seattle maintains a balance that few cities are capable of. The residential areas offer more than you’d expect and the downtown areas still feel like home. It’s a place where people find happiness in their healthy lifestyles, but still have a tendency to go out and indulge on a weekly basis; a place where goths and punks can freely roam the streets, without seeming out of place. In Seattle, creativity is king and there’s no point in hiding it, because it’s on display in every corner of every neighborhood.

-Steve-