You know what I love about living in Seattle? Hope. Hope I say. Unlike other places in our great country (LA, Detroit, D.C.) where hope may not be in strong abundance these days, we Seattle-ites have hope; we also have bad weather. I’m not sure if these two things are somehow tied together, but what I do know is that we are full of both.
When I moved here 16 years ago, Seattle was spilling forth all the hope and bounty it had to offer. Microsoft, Boeing, Starbucks were all sending their products far and wide…disseminating all the hope that Seattle’s potential could support. Even the most popular music of that time (grunge), whilst on the surface seemed full of despair, was full of hope.
Now Amazon is touting its new complex down in the South Lake Union neighborhood (http://www.geekwire.com/2012/detailed-plans-amazons-proposed-downtown-seattle-hq/) and once again it fills me full of hope. Hope that the economy is ready to reassert itself in a way we’ve been desperately needing. Hope that Seattle, after a stutter -step, will continue moving closer to be the city that shows the rest why the Pacific Northwest is so viable. This is the new Gotham; the new Metropolis.
Now if we could just get more decent weather.