03-26-14 - The Real Seattle

To me the essential Seattle is in the outer neighborhoods. Not the new suburbs, which are generic and place-less like all suburbs, but the older neighborhoods where long term Washingtonians live. Where it's pretty run down. Many streets have no side walks or even curbs. The houses are wood and poorly maintained; covered in moss, many rotting, many leaning slightly as the rot is starting to collapse them. Mossy rooves. Wood smoke drifting out of chimneys. Piles of concrete blocks or wheel barrows in the yard with tall grass growing into them; disused rusting cars. Huge heaves and pot holes in the pavement. Everything is permanently wet and gray.