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We speak up, we show up - Greetings from the Emerald City - Seattle

We’re absolutely delighted, welcoming our third U.S. city to our network. Hello team Seattle!

Published by Julie on 06/02/2017

To build the city of Seattle literally meant moving mountains.

Named in honor of Duwamish Native American Chief Sealth, Seattle was at first resistant to becoming a city at all, overcoming more natural obstacles than any other American city of its time. It took settlers decades to dig canals, divert rivers, and move mountains of soil to form the habitable strip of land we can live, work, and play on today. During those early years, the city was able to thrive in the industries of lumber and prostitution, with savvy (and oftentimes sketchy) business leaders investing in our city’s growth.

A City Made By People Seattle Welcome Letter

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A City Made By People Seattle Welcome Letter

Photo credit: Talia Green

Fast forward several decades and many crumbs of our past remain; lumberjacks still roam the streets, although their flannel button-ups and beards are perhaps influenced more by Urban Outfitters than any actual vocation they may hold. We continue to be a growing city, made up of determined and enterprising individuals who are fiercely loyal to our city’s natural beauty, the Seattle Seahawks, and our fellow citizens.

A City Made By People Seattle Welcome Letter

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A City Made By People Seattle Welcome Letter

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Seattle-ites love to complain about the rain all the time but we never carry umbrellas.

Sometimes, when our shoes are in a permanent state of muddy-soggy and Vitamin D is running low in our veins between the months of September to June, we wonder why we aren’t living in Southern California or something. Just when we’re about to give up, the sun comes out and the city comes to life. Seattle-ites shed their usual uniform of grey and black for sundresses and shades. Beaches come back to life with picnicking families and frisbee-playing hipsters alike, but no matter the season, we’re always filled up on Molly Moon’s strawberry balsamic ice cream.

The biggest inside joke amongst locals is that we intentionally spread the rumour that it rains all the time so that we selfishly get to keep the city all to ourselves.

A City Made By People Seattle Welcome Letter

Photo credit: Talia Green

A City Made By People Seattle Welcome Letter

Photo credit: Talia Green

We have our own unique set of growing pains

As the home of Starbucks, Microsoft, Amazon, Expedia, and other tech giants, we face what many other cities of humble beginnings have faced: tension in rapidly rising rent, high-end food stores taking over family fruit markets, and of course, an exponentially growing supply of young techies with their heads cranked down to stare at their phones, driving demand for pressed juice and noise-blocking headphones.

A City Made By People Seattle Welcome Letter

Photo credit: Talia Green

A City Made By People Seattle Welcome Letter

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We’re all eventually forced, however, to look up from our screens, as Seattle’s natural beauty and community of engaged citizens beckens even the most introverted of us. Whether it is a matter of local politics or national affairs, Seattle is proud to stand up for what is right. When it comes to protecting our neighbours, we speak up and we show up.

A City Made By People Seattle Welcome Letter

Photo credit: Talia Green

A City Made By People Seattle Welcome Letter

Photo credit: Jordan McGrath

Relentless individuality runs deep in our veins but so does community

Like our neighbour city of Portland, we’re kind of a city of weirdos. The grunge influences of Nirvana and Pearl Jam blend perfectly with the melancholy of our weather and pitch black coffee. We get a strange sort of comfort from wearing grey clothes and hunkering inside before an evening of rainfall. Walking home from work, we’re soothed by the sound of punk rock and the smell of pizza and cigarettes pouring out onto the rainbow-painted streets. We’re into our farmer’s markets, our fresh seafood, our thriving creative spirit, our legal marijuana. We are anarchist just enough to stay slightly outside the mainstream but we’re too well-behaved to disobey crosswalk laws or cut in long queues for the bus. We don’t care much for pretending to be nice but ask us for directions or a recommendation for a spot to eat and we’ll happily give you more information than you need.

A City Made By People Seattle Welcome Letter

Photo credit: Jordan McGrath

A City Made By People Seattle Welcome Letter

Photo credit: Talia Green

Being in the creative hub that is Seattle, it was not terribly difficult to find fellow people-and-city-enthusiasts to contribute their ideas, observations, and discussion starters. As a group, we come from as nearby as the Seattle suburbs and as far away as Japan. We hope that our diversity of interests and backgrounds will deliver content that portrays Seattle as the exciting and limitless city that it truly is!

Cheers & all the best,

Seattle City Captain, Julie Bourne

Your Seattle Team: Julie Bourne, Lucinda Roanoke, Lynae Cook, Sho Ito & Lindsey Potter

A City Made By People Seattle Welcome Letter

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