* Housing in Seattle is scarce and expensive, and HAS BEEN SINCE THE 1990s.
* Great economy here IF YOU HAVE ANY WORTHWHILE SKILLS TO OFFER A GREAT ECONOMY.
* You do not get special consideration for being "christian".
* Seattle is already way over its quota of tattoo-artists / body-piercers / performance artists.
* Your acoustic guitar will only get you $30 at a pawn shop. It is not the key to your success here.
PS: FUCK YOU ASSHOLE!!!
@44: What a sad, long-winded commentary all for free beer.
I see the benefit of these changes don't get me wrong. My home will gain so much equity in such a small amount time because you non Seattlites are moving south doesn't take away the bitterness I feel of being pretty much forcefully pushed out of the city I grew up in. My income along with almost everyone I know my age(who grew up here) does not suffice in the Seattle market:( Still I have met some wonderful people from out of town an that makes this place refreshing and exciting. That being said win/loss..
I had the humbling honor of being anointed by Emmett Watson himself. I'm a life long, card carrying KBO agent.
If you don't know the name or the acronym, I hope the earthquake that @27 describes swallows you whole. I had to get out of Seattle to a little slice of heaven nestled at the foot of the Cascades about 100 miles away. Why? Because of what we call in our little town, "The Citidiots". The Seattle I grew up in ROCKED. No one knew we were here. The fuckers on the east coast thought we were all indians in igloos "up here". We played in the woods, fished for salmon, and waited for the hydros in the summer. No fucking gridlock, no waiting in a line for every damn thing, and we learned how to shoot a gun and use a chainsaw from our Dads. Only an idiot needed a helmet to ride a bicycle, are you kiddin' me? If someone was murdered in Seattle it was front page news but still, we never locked our doors.
In the summer, Mom kicked our asses out of the house after breakfast and told us not to come back until dinner. When I got my drivers license, I could make it from Woodinville to downtown Seattle in 20 minutes. I learned how to shoot, gut and butcher a deer when I was 13. And if I felt "bullied", I popped the fucker right between the eyes and that was that. If I ran home and cried to my Dad about a "bully", what I'd get from him made the bully look like a puss. We stood on our own two feet. Still do. Always will. And so do our sons.
You wingnuts pouring in here cry about every single thing under the sun. You seem to feel you're owed a living, a nice place to live, and a big juicy slice of the "Great American Dream" without lifting a finger for it and when you have to you whine about how much everything costs here. $15 an hour to work at McDonalds????? Listen numbnuts, fast food ISN'T A CAREER CHOICE.
I'll never understand how we got to be the liberal mecca of the whole damn universe, but we did.
It scares the hell out of me to think of what Seattle will become 100 years from now. What a damn shame. Western Washington just 50 years ago was spectacular beyond words. Look what's happened in just half a century. It just goes to show when you shove too many human beings into one place, nothing good ever comes from it. Perhaps the LW would be happier in Wyoming.
@49 kalakala: Amen!
I was raised here. Or should I say the city raised me. no, no.. I refuse any award.
I left Portland when I was 17 and moved here in 1983-ish..I remained for 10 years. ahh the memories, The Comet everyday after work, The invasion of Chris, Eddy, and Kurt, and of course Dicks. I then, for no good reason, moved to NW Montana for 4 years, Kihei Maui for 8 years and the Nevada desert for 1 year. I am back. Why?.. I can walk to my Dr. walk the dogs to the Vet. My drive from Beacon hill to work is 15 minutes and I appreciate the mild weather..
Seattle is just like any where else.. You love it, or you hate it. You deal with the shit end of the deal, or you dont and leave,, And yeah, I do complain about the invasion of Texans, Californians, and as well as the Colorado Subaru club because I witnessed the before and after and not the evolution...staggering really.
When the Seattle City Council invited the world's organized crime syndicates to money launder their illegal funds in the Seattle housing market, we all lost. Yet all these new people kennels in Ballard sit mostly empty during a so-called housing shortage. If the point of real estate development is to stash your cash, does it even matter if anybody lives there? #probablynot
I was born here, lived abroad and came back. Yet my social network is mostly expats with a few school friends aside. The provincialism here reminds me of the Japanese attitude toward foreigners - that's not a compliment.
Wanna be a new dick? Okay. Just know that some of us aren't so nice. I have lived here a long time but I grew up in the mountains. You ever spew your bullshit to my face and I will beat you into the ground.
Look at it this way: most of the recent transplants will all move when the next recession hits. Remember kids, you can never claim to be a local Seattleite until you've been through one recession without leaving town: preferably two though.
Nice Seattle politics doesn't stand a chance against the likes of Jeff Besos and his fulfillment prisons, esp by J. Durkan who sold herself and the city for a 350,000 campaign donation.
If the endgame is he takes his biz elsewhere, I say "good riddance, asshole,and thanks for the fancy spherical parks for the homeless."
What I don't get is why some people who, for whatever reason, pull up stakes and move somewhere else seem to automatically take the position that because they've come to YOUR town, suddenly YOU don't have any right to be there, if you don't meet whatever arbitrary standard (usually, but not exclusively income-based) they've set to grant themselves privilege at your expense. I mean, in many cases they themselves probably came from places NO ONE would want to go to, which is often why they left in the first place. Maybe they assume everyone else thinks their hometown is just as shitty as they thought their's was, and that they're just as eager to get out of it as they were, and they're simply confused and disoriented to realize they've come to a place where the people who were born and raised or have lived here for most of their lives DON'T want to leave, and strangely don't fall all over themselves praising every newcomer who immediately starts telling them they don't "deserve to be here".
The problem being of course, that 90% of the people here - or in the entire city for that matter have no idea who Emmett Watson was or what the letters KBO even mean. I guess people with no sense of history simply can't understand why those who DO have that might get upset when they attempt to eradicate it as if it never existed in the first place.
Nice to see I was not the first to mention that esteemed sage Emmett Watson. Too bad his Lesser Seattle movement was not more successful.
Some of us are still proud Lesser Seattleites, at least for a few more months until we're forced out by rising costs.
Hot Tip: "Because I love it so much" is the single lamest way to explain your presence in Seattle.
There's a lot of 'tude here coming from the group of people responsible for Starbucks and Windows ME.
I was not born in Seattle, nor did I grow up here, but I was a frequent visitor here beginning in the mid-70's (when I was what is now called a tween) and moved here in 1987 (at the tender age of 22), so I feel that I am somewhere in-between the attitudes expressed here: I miss the "old" (for me) Seattle, and I have some misgivings about the current Seattle, but I know that times change, neighborhoods change and cities change.
In just eight years I will be eligible for retirement and - Deity Willing - we will be able to sell Chez Vel-DuRay and trot off to California or Arizona to live out the rest of our days in a mobile home, never again having to listen to a Seattleite - be they newly arrived or born-and-raised - whine at me about how dreadful the city is.
Emmett Watson had it right. Lesser Seattle. Jealous just a little bit?
Has anyone here seen the movie Man Bites Dog?
11/El Dedo: any posters here bitching about influx who are NOT either Suquamish or Duwamish...
I come from a little-known Pacific Northwest tribe, Theamish. We hunt salmon from a horse and buggy.
begone, locust hordes.
Imagine how stupid and plain you have to be to think that living in a specific geographic area makes you better, or gives you some kind of special status.
It must be sad to have so little in your life, so little to be proud of.
Anyone expecting any city to remain static over decades is straight-up willfully ignorant. That's not the way the world works and it's not the way the modern world has ever worked.
Do yourself a favor, learn to be flexible, cos life is a series of curveballs. You can choose to get out of the way of them, or you can stand there and take 'em in the nose. Your choice.
@63: A double wide with a a carport awning. Trailers have a special place in my heart.
@68 and 69
We can recognize that change happens and learn to roll with the punches. But when it happens in a way that is detrimental to us and causes hardship during that transition we have a right to feel upset.
And when those responsible for those changes and hardships call us "stupid", "plain" or "willfully ignorant" than you'll have to excuse us for being downright pissed.
So to be clear, if y'all expect us to smile through this upsetting transition than I believe YOU are the stupid/ignorant parties. Though apparently not stupid enough to say this to any of us in real life or unanonymously.
In my experience the people who whine the most about the current state of affairs are folks who weren't born here, but have lived here for a decade or two. They really miss the Seattle they experienced when they moved here. Those that were actually born here (especially those "of a certain age") know damn well the city has constantly been in flux. We would also have to be idiotic to want to go back to those days.
If nothing else, the food sucked. OK, there was decent food in the International District, but in most neighborhoods, it sucked. You want good Thai food? You need people from Thailand. I loved the Scandinavian style of old Ballard, but when the best meal of the day is breakfast, the food sucked.
Oh, and there really was nothing in the way of nightlife. Sure, you could walk around Pioneer Square (and get your ass kicked) but in terms of lots of people wandering around, going from place to place (in peace) reveling in the latest band, or just that cute person on the other side of the bar -- it really wasn't shit.
Transit sucked too. At least traffic was better -- but that meant everyone drove. Not exactly an urban paradise.
Discovery Park was a military compound ... I could go on, you get the idea.
Everyone has their own idea of when Seattle hit "the sweet spot". Just enough diversity to make this provincial town somewhat interesting, but not so much that traffic slowed the buses down. Yeah, whatever. It is a city. It changes. Some things get better, some things get worse. Smoke a joint and just deal with it. Hey .. did I tell you about when you could get busted for even having a joint around here ...
It is simple, simpleton: University of Washington (one of the greatest universities on the planet). Give this little burg some fucking credit. Lots of really smart people decided to settle here (instead of in Boston, Oxford, or the Bay Area). Then those really smart people embraced liberalism (because they are smart). Fucking obvious dude.
Next up -- why are there so many really smart agricultural scientists in Eastern Washington?
@71 >> But when it happens in a way that is detrimental to us and causes hardship during that transition we have a right to feel upset.
Of course you do. If your rent has gone up, it sucks. If you are faced with sky high rent, and can't even afford a condo in White Center, then of course you have a right to be pissed. Fuck Microsoft and fuck Amazon. Fuck the fucking zoning laws that can't address the growth. We get that -- join the club.
But if you are whining about traffic, or too many apartments, or that the "old Seattle" (whatever the fuck that was) is gone, then just grow up. Things are way worse in most parts of the world. I'm sorry if income stratification hit you upside your head in this tiny little corner of America -- but that shit has been going on for years. Your complaints (other than the rent being too fucking high) ain't shit compared to what most of the human inhabitants are putting up with these days. As my mom used to say, if that is the worst thing in your life, you live a charmed life.
Jeez, you Seattle natives complaining about people moving in sound an awful lot like Trump-supporters complaining about immigrants.....sure you want to emulate that?
If you support, say, Lesser Seattle, you must support Brexit and Trump's wall, amirite.
Cuz ideologically, they're identical.
@71: Sorry Seattle did not freeze in time from the moment you stepped within city limits. Must be so hard for you to have to adapt to change, something no other human has ever been saddled with.
You are just so, so special. Way too special to have to deal with other people moving to YOUR personal, private city.
Oh, and ditch the internet tough guy act. It just makes you look like a pussy who doesn't even understand how the internet works.
@72 dwag. Seattle's been having excellent thai food since the mid 80s at the least. I don't know when thai food really caught on in America but I would wager Seattle was ahead of the curve on that one.
@73 liberalism in the west has a LONG tradition unrelated to the presence of a university. Portland doesn't have a major university but is politically very similar. Hmmmm. Short answer: Westward Expansion and the American Individualist Ideal are strongly related.
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