Thursday, June 30, 2005

Area Residents Shocked, Dismayed by the Obvious

A report in today's Seattle P-I highlights another instance of what seems to be a bit of a pattern: residents becoming upset when their neighborhood turns out to be exactly what any rational person would expect it to be. The money quote:
Seattle's downtown neighborhoods are drawing growing numbers of residents, who increasingly complain about loud music, noisy people, heavy traffic and disorderly conduct...
Maybe I'm some kind of weirdo—scratch that, I know I'm a weirdo—but if I wanted to live in a place that didn't have a lot of loud music, noisy people, heavy traffic, and disorderly conduct, I really don't think that the downtown portion of any city would be my choice of venue. But hey, what do I know, right? Of course it makes sense to move into an area and then complain that the area has shortcomings that were completely obvious before you moved in.

Thankfully, not all downtown citizens are so naïve about their choice of living quarters:
"That's part of living downtown," Hanson said. "It's the energy. It could be me out there some night."
To Mr. Hanson, I would like to offer my sincere congratulations for "getting it." To everyone else, People United to Stop Something is always accepting new members.

Source: Seattle P-I
Categories: News, Local

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