posted on Jul, 31 2019 @ 07:04 PM
I gotta chime in, Its true. Don't let your city turn into Seattle.
This is a long rant but if you are at all curious about what JAGstorm is talking about I have firsthand experience.
a bunch of things happened in a short period of time. I am only going to touch on a few.
I was a lifelong resident of Seattle, over 45 years, I finally had to move out in 2017. I am a witness to the heartbreaking decline of what was once
an awesome place to grow up and live. It really is like a dark cloud appeared.The housing crisis is completely out of control, and the gap between
rich and poor has become appalling.
The people have changed also, I used to know half the town, and run into folks I knew pretty much everywhere, that is no longer the case. Nowdays
whomever I meet seems to be a bit younger, and have just come from somewhere else for a high paying tech job, and they really have no idea at all what
the place used to be like. Many of the longtime locals have moved out. The higher wages have pushed the housing prices out of reach for most people,
and if you do find something you can barely afford you will almost certainly get outbid by a newly arrived tech employee, or some overseas investor,
etc. Driving prices even higher.
During the years I owned a home there I watched my entire neighborhood and many other neighborhoods get bought up by foreign real estate investors. We
literally had them knocking at the door with offers. So over the years and one by one people sold out, the homes got torn down and replaced with
insanely huge mansions, within a few short decades many places became unrecognizable. no more kids playing in the streets, just shut in and gated
I spent my last few years there in a severely overpriced tiny apartment, there is no such thing as affordable rent anywhere at all in the entire
region. Houses are way overpriced. Laws seem to allow developers to build whatever they want regardless of the carrying capacity of the
infrastructure, it seems totally corrupt, and has ruined the city.
So now prettymuch everywhere is overbuilt, way, way too many people living on top of each other to the point where the streets can not handle the
traffic, it takes an hour just to get a few short miles, and forget the bus system, it is overcrowded and underserviced, not uncommon to have to miss
one or even 2 rush hour busses due to crowding. My work was less than 3 miles away and it took average of 30 min just to drive there, I just rode my
bike sometimes if I didnt have anything to carry and it wasn't rainy.
The freeways both 405 and I-5 have gotten so crowded its a joke now. A person needs to factor in huge chunks of time when getting from place to place.
Sadly the people have changed also. but I suppose that is just part of our entire society these days, not as friendly at all.
I don't want to get too much in the politics of it but some of the city council is really too liberal, and being a sanctuary city does not seem to
help anything. I worked for several years as a cable tech, '07, '08, '09 and had first hand witnessed every single day, multiple times per day going
into homes / apartments absolutely packed with people from other countries, (many other countries I might add, not just Mexico, in fact I more
frequently visited Asian homes, and lots of folks from India as well) entire extended families crammed into 2 and 3 bedroom places speaking their own
languages, with no doubt in my mind they are not in U.S. legally. So many. In my own appt building a few doors down, 6 people crammed in a 1 bedroom
appt. they had some of the kids sleeping out in the car at nights... This is what Seattle has turned into.
And the homeless issue is staggering, I lived just a few blocks from a huge tent city, under the West Seattle bridge. One of many tent cities around
town. Drug needles are a common, common sight on sidewalks. People at every single corner, storefront, gas station, bus stop, sidewalk, etc asking
for spare change, It really got bad. It went from the best to the worst right before our eyes.
It absolutely broke my heart leaving my hometown, I had a decent job there too in public Ed but a day came where it just was no longer worth it.
I visited a few weeks ago. it actually feels different, like a curse has descended.
Don't let it happen to you!!
P.S. I still live within the state of Wa, in a much smaller town, it has a few issues with homeless but nowhere near what happened to Seattle.
Thanks for reading