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August 24th, 2005 – by: Eric
I love downtown Seattle because it's small enough to comprehend and easy to get around. In contrast to the labyrinthine mess of one way streets in San Francisco, the wide streets in downtown Seattle are almost perfectly arranged in a grid, and have easy to remember names like 1st Ave., 2nd Ave., and 3rd Ave. Some people might say this lacks character, but it's refreshing to see every once and a while.
Another thing I love about Seattle, and the Pacific Northwest in general, is the relatively pollution-free sky. Growing up in Los Angeles, I got used to never being able to see downtown because it was obscured in a miasma of dirty colored smog. And while the smog made for some interesting colors and effects during sunsets at the beach, I greatly prefer the clear skies that Washington has to offer. There are few sights as awe-inspiring as driving east over the 520 around sunset and seeing in crystal clear clarity, miles away, the cap of Mt. Rainer peeking over a voluminous mass of clouds.
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