Seattle: A city I could live in.

There are few cities I have visited where I leave feeling, "now this is a city I could live in." There are even fewer that have captured the appreciation of my wife and I such that we routinely return to Seattle in our minds as a place we might seriously consider moving to.

One of the ways in which Seattle impresses me is that it is a city that seems to truly understand and appreciate space. I can think of so many development projects in San Francisco that focus almost exclusively upon function to the complete neglect of form. Now I am sure die-hard San Franciscans could point to a number of buildings and projects in San Francisco that run counter to this argument, but in the last decade Seattle has attracted the world's leading architects and designers to help transform the city into a beacon of modernity.

Granted, the Experience Music Project was privately funded by Paul Allen, but San Francisco has no shortage of millionaires who could throw money at architects like Frank Gehry to design and build their little pet projects.

Experience Music Project

Sure, some could argue that a city has no business spending the money necessary to attract top tier architects to design things like libraries. Just put the books in a building and let the public check them out for crying out loud!

Anyone who feels that way should visit the Seattle Public Library, designed by Rem Koolhaus. Now I appreciate architecture, perhaps more then the average Joe, but Seattle's Public Library remains the only building in which I can state that I was sincerely and profoundly moved when I entered it. No doubt, if you are a Seattle resident you are filled with pride when you visit that space. And if you are visitor, well then, you are in state of awe and envy and leave asking yourself, "why doesn't my city have a library like that?"

Seattle Public Library

And now Seattle just opened the latest gift to the public domain: Olympic Sculpture Park, which is not only an amazing space in an of itself, but serves as an outdoor museum for some of the world's most renown sculptors, like Alexander Calder, whose "Eagle" sculpture will be a center piece in the park.

Olympic Sculpture Park

Of course, Architecture alone is not enough of a reason for me to move to a city. But if this trend continues Seattle will only become more and more attractive to me as it attracts more and more businesses, intellectuals, wealth and prosperity to the region.

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Majordojo - We've started a Flickr photo group for shots of the sculpture park. There are some great ones up there already, and we would love to see you and your readers best shots!

http://www.flickr.com/groups/36699021@N00/

Wow, that is awesome. Thanks for the link!

Seattle is an amazing city, for sure. I actually did end up living there after I got back from my 7 week Europe trek in 2001 (what can I say? I wasn't done travelling :) ).

I moved back here to San Francisco, however, in 2003 because I was about to go stark raving MAD in the rain. Granted, I do like the rain, on occasion. But I definitely underestimated the impact that 7 months of solid thick clouds would have on my psyche. Seattle is 850mi north of San Francisco, which means its summer days are a bit nicer and longer; it also means its winter nights last longer, and the cloud cover is constant.

You basically get no sun for an extended amount of time.

You should definitely live there, and experience the amazing coffeeshops, the people (who are always friendly), and the interesting style of business that they practice. Just be prepared - psychologically - for a little drizzle. :)

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  • Seattle is an amazing city, for sure. I actually did end up living there after I got back from my 7 week Europe trek in 2001 (what can I say? I wasn't done travelling :) ). I moved back here to San Francisco, howeve...

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  • Majordojo - We've started a Flickr photo group for shots of the sculpture park. There are some great ones up there already, and we would love to see you and your readers best shots! http://www.flickr.com/groups/3669902...

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