At the end of May, I spent a week in Seattle. I could not help to compare the city with my first impressions from 6 or 7 years ago when I visited it for the first time. At that time, I liked the city very much because it was like San Francisco but more relaxed and safer. The town was growing, and many new skyscrapers were in development. Also, Amazon was increasing its presence by building more offices in the city. It was a busy place but chilled also. One thing that helped is that although people complained about the weather in Seattle, I had great weather both then and now.
Nowadays, many companies choose to keep remote work for their employees. That makes Seattle look like a deserted city. Prices for houses outside of the town grew. Instead of busy people on the streets, you see more homeless people. This change could give people a sense of insecurity. That might change again if more companies ask employees to work from the office.
If you want to see Seattle, you can wander downtown and visit Space Needle for beautiful views. You can also take a ferry to Bainbridge Island for lovely views from Elliott Bay. Regarding attractions, you can take the boat to Washington Lake or hike the mountains close to the city. Next time I will do that.
What is impressive about Seattle is that it all started 170 years ago when the first colonists settled in. The main business in the area was often changed throughout the years. It began with exporting wood cut from the forests, then mining coal or building ships during the gold rush. In 1897 even the mayor of Seattle quit his job and went on for the gold rush instead.
During the First World War, planes and ships were built here. Later the Boeing company drove innovation in the city. Then Microsoft became a vital software company worldwide, and recently Amazon changed the experience of delivering products to customers everywhere in the world. All major software companies have offices here.
There is one explanation for that. Seattle has the highest percentage of college and university graduates of any major U.S. city. This might be the secret to the city’s success. But let’s take a look back at history. Seattle’s first colonists came here in 1851, and the University of Washington was founded in 1861, only ten years later.
The adaptability to change in this city is a lesson for survival for everyone. One could also understand the importance of education in developing a community.
PS. While talking about change, an AI may write my next blog posts. Or has it already started?
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