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  •  Agreed about Westneat (2+ / 0-)
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    chuckvw, Dirtandiron

    He tends to be one of those annoying, lazy and smarmy "both sides do it" bloviators who tries to find some safe middle path between the two "extremes", but on this he gets it right. I didn't have the nerve to check the comments section, which at over 300 comments undoubtedly had a lot of angry wingnuts spewing their bile because their pony got a boo boo.

    I miss the old P-I, before it went web-only and became a shell of its former self. Seattle deserves two real dailies. I wouldn't at all be surprised if Amazon develops a Kindle-based one that eventually goes national, with localized content. It's an obvious business model just waiting to happen and yet another way that Seattle can add more jobs given that Amazon is becoming one of its top empoyers, and really its top employer in Seattle proper, Microsoft being in Redmond and Boeing in Everett, Renton and Kent, and WaMu gone.

    Makes me want to consider moving back there in a few years. I miss it a lot. And it's not as if the weather's been any better on the east coast!

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 07:26:04 AM PDT

    •  Agree about the P-I (1+ / 0-)
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      The death of the P-I was a sad day for news in Seattle. The Times is insufferable about 98% of the time (I rarely read it anymore, just skim the headlines to see if anything strikes my eye). And when they go to a pay wall in the next few weeks, they'll lose me for good. (After the whole McKenna ad fiasco last election they lost the last pieces of credibility they had left).

      I think what I found most interesting with this piece is not the belief that something is wonderfully fantastic in Seattle right now (seems to be getting better but there are still many important issues that need to be addressed, both economically and socially), but the truth in the basic premise: to the right wing, Seattle is some bastion of lunatic lefties and tax and spend government (along with pretty much the entire West Coast and, well, all big northern cities). But despite that, this and many other big, liberal cities are in as good or better shape economically when compared to deep red areas of the country.

      •  Obvious issues aside, Seattle is a HUGELY (0+ / 0-)

        successful city. I recently moved back east after 10 years there (living in N Seattle, like you, just a few blocks from McGinn's house and the remodeled Fred Meyers), and like any city it has its issues, e.g. the lack of proper mass transit (being addressed finally if still inadequately), lack of well-distributed diversity (still way too white & yuppie), rising crime (a whole bunch of shootings near where I lived my last year there). But on the whole it's a city that works, with relatively low crime, clean streets, lots of great parks, reasonably well-managed growth, economic growth in 21st century industries, fairly low stress, etc.

        I still check both papers' web sites out of nostalgia, as even the Times feels more "homey" than the NYT, and even post in the comments sometimes (I love messing with the resident wingnuts who are INSANE). One of the things I liked about Seattle was that it had a small town feel to it even though it was a large modern city. I never felt tiny the way I sometimes do in NYC, even when downtown. It's a city that's built on human dimensions.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 02:20:50 PM PDT

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