5 Reasons to hate Seattle

I recently came across a website created for people who hate Seattle. I read through a number of the entries and found myself nodding my head vigorously at each point mentioned. Yes, yes, yes! All true. For a moment, I considered adding my thoughts and posting them at that site, but since I already have my own blog, why not share my feelings right here with my readers?

To put it simply, Seattle sucks. I spent just over two years there from 2009 until 2011.  Before Seattle, I was living in Portland, Oregon where I had hoped to settle down. However, the job market there was not what I had anticipated and when I was offered a decent job in Seattle, I had to accept as I was quickly running out of money.

I had heard some negative things about Seattle before arriving, of course, such as the lousy weather and the traffic. But I figured I could make the best of it. It’s a big city with some world-famous attractions, after all. Seattle has Mount Rainier, the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, distinctive neighborhoods, Puget Sound, professional sports teams, and a waterfront. Plus, it has a reputation for musical innovation (Jimi Hendrix, Grunge etc.)  and liberal politics.

My expectation that I could  endure the bad aspects of the city and maximize the the positive attributes turned out to be wishful thinking. Actually, I knew times were going to be rough when a colleague of mine gave me a welcoming gift a few months after I arrived. It was a book titled ‘Dont Jump. The Northwest Winter Blues Survival Guide.’ The ‘don’t jump’ part of the title refers to jumping off a bridge in the attempt to commit suicide.

The Weather 

Simply reading about Seattle weather cannot prepare you for the reality of it. Nothing can, really. It is as bad as you have heard. Even a normal year in Seattle is difficult to withstand. However, during the time I was there, a record was set for the longest number of days when the temperature failed to rise above 60 degrees. I can’t find the article online to give the exact record, but I think it was six or seven months. Furthermore, during that dreadful spell it rained nearly every day and the sun became a distant memory. My skin, deprived of the warmth, vitamin d, and healing energy of the sun, became extremely pale. Looking at my face in the mirror, I realized that I looked unhealthy and unattractive. My pallid skin seemed to reflect perfectly my inner misery.

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The clouds, rain, and cool temperatures are not the only phenomena that must be endured in the far Pacific Northwest. People sometimes forget, as I did, just how far north Seattle is situated. From November until February, the sun remains very low on the horizon and during the depths of winter in December and January, days have only seven hours of sun. When I left for work at 5:30 in the morning, it was still dark outside with sunrise being a couple of hours away. And when I got back into my car at 3:30 in the afternoon to come home, it was already dusk. The entire day had passed by while I was in my office. I was lucky if I could go outside during my lunch break to get a few minutes of sun. Only a masochist would want to put up with that kind of climate for long.

To rub salt in the wound, the NWO also sprayed the Seattle skies relentlessly with chemtrails. On many days, the skies were so thick with chemtrails that I got nosebleeds. Seattleites, being too busy staring at their smartphones or just being tuned out of reality altogether, took no notice.

 

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Politics 

I am a veteran of ‘The Battle in Seattle,’ the famous uprising against the WTO which set in motion the movement against corporate globalism. I came away from that experience with the impression that Seattle was city of radical leftists, revolutionaries, and liberals. The impression that Seattle is a ‘liberal’ city is one that is constantly fed by not only the mass media organs, but also the so-called ‘alternative media.’ What I quickly learned was that, in fact, Seattle is not a liberal city at all. It is a corporate town to the bone, and deeply proud of it.

Seattle is, in many ways, defined by its corporate nature. It is the birthplace and home of Starbucks, Boeing, Microsoft, and Amazon, among others. These are not small players on the international stage. A large percentage of Seattleites work for these corporations or their ancillaries and are not about to speak out against globalism or corporatacracy when their  paycheck depends upon it. The liberalism that you so often hear about in Seattle is only the social liberalism variety, sometimes referred to as cultural marxism. In other words, if you live in Seattle, you are probably pro-choice, pro -gay marriage, pro -LGBT, pro- multiculturalism, and pro- Democratic Party. If you are not in favor of those things, you learn to keep your mouth shut.

The Traffic

I grew up in Washington D.C. and have lived in Austin, San Francisco, and Portland. Additionally, I have visited some large cities in Asia and South America so I am not unfamiliar with heavy and chaotic traffic. Seattle is the most unpleasant place to drive a car and get around that I have ever been to. The combination of geography, weather, city planning, and population makes Seattle an absolute nightmare for driving. There is only one major north-south route through the city and it is always congested. Traveling east-west is no better. Sitting in your car in traffic is a daily fact of life in Seattle. Traffic is so bad that most of the time I would do anything to avoid it. I would stay home instead of going out on weekends or evenings. The parking situation in downtown Seattle is beyond bad. There is little to no street parking and the rates at parking garages and lots are exorbitant.

The never-ending construction in downtown Seattle only made matters worse. There were a number of major projects happening in 2009-2011, including the construction of an underground subway system.

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If I wanted to visit downtown Seattle on a Friday or Saturday night to enjoy some dinner, drink, and maybe music, I was confronted with a nightmare scenario. First, I needed to drive on the interstate from my apartment in South Seattle, never knowing how bad the traffic would be. Then, I  needed to negotiate the tangle of downtown streets, including many one-way streets and streets with steep hills, never a fun prospect with my stick shift. Next, I had to find a parking space or be willing to shell out 10 or 15 bucks for a spot in a lot. If I managed to successfully do all of that, I then had to walk a few blocks in the rain to finally arrive at my restaurant.

Once at the restaurant or bar, I didn’t dare have more than one drink, for I knew that awaiting me on my drive home was a hornet’s nest of cops on street corners waiting to nab their quota for the night. Unmarked police cruisers were everywhere on the roads. One wrong turn down a one-way street or one forgetful moment of not turning on my blinker was enough to get me face-to-face with one of Seattle’s finest. I had plenty of experience with Seattle cops during the WTO protest and I witnessed firsthand what they are made of, and capable of.  In 2010, a big local story was the cold-blooded shooting death of an unarmed, non-aggressive, innocent Native American artist by a Seattle cop.  The young cop simply stepped out of his car, barked a few words at the man ,who was mostly deaf, pulled out his gun and shot him dead on the street.

The Dating scene

Do not, under any circumstances, move to Seattle if you are single and have any hope of finding a spouse, a partner, or even a date. Seattle is, by a wide margin, the worst city for dating I have ever visited or lived in. In general, people are cliquish, aloof, superficial, rigid, and uninteresting. I was neither a hipster nor a corporate drone, so that ruled out about 95 percent of the population. As a single man, I found myself hitting constant roadblocks, whether I tried the online dating route or the bar/club/restaurant/ scene. Many of the young women I met seemed  uninterested in dating, men, and sex. They seemed almost asexual. Maybe it’s the weather.

Image versus Reality

Seattle’s liberalism  is only one example of how the myth of the city does not match the reality. I was initially excited to shop at Pike Place Market, an icon of the city. Sure, the market is probably useful for those lucky enough to actually live close to it, but for those of us who need to drive into the city to get there, it’s not worth it. It’s mostly a tourist trap and has a generally unfriendly vibe. Pioneer Square feels run-down and depressed. It too is mostly frequented by tourists. Elliott Bay Bookstore moved across town and now has a much more corporate and sterile feel to it. The waterfront boardwalk is boring and lifeless.

If you decide that all of the above are not enough to deter you from moving to Seattle, remember too that you will have to pay through the nose for the privilege of living there. It was not cheap when I was there a few years ago and I read recently that rents have gone up steeply in the last few years. Prices are now approaching the level of San Francisco.

 

 

 

 

23 thoughts on “5 Reasons to hate Seattle”

  1. Thank you for your article. I relate on all levels to the unpleasantness that is called “living” in Seattle. It’s more like dead walking or ghost walking through Seattle. I choose life, dear god and people and have 4 days more. I cannot get out of this town fast enough.

    1. Congratulations on getting out. What a great feeling it will be to see Seattle in your rear-view mirror and know that you are escaping from hell.

    2. I have lived in Seattle for two years and some change. I tried to get out by getting a job in San Diego. I tried to work from home, but it did not work out. So I am looking for a way to move back to California, job or no job. It’s time to leave, even if I have to go into my savings to do so.

      I grew up in California and have lived in a variety of other places in the country. I lived in D.C. for four years as I worked for the Federal Government. I actually lived two blocks from the Capitol Dome, so I had fun hobnobbing with Senators and people high up in the Federal Government. I attended church on The Hill and became accepted on multiple forums, including work. I was met with friendliness and acceptance. The only drawback to D.C. is the high crime rate, even on The Hill.

      Then, at my sister’s insistence, I moved to Seattle (Mercer Island). I would not recommend Seattle to ANYONE. What a horrid place. It’s not the dismal weather. It’s not the lack of culture. It’s the vapid, unfriendly people who live here. I have one good friend: a woman I met about 10 years ago while visiting my dad. I have circulated. I have done volunteer work. I do social dancing.

      You will hear from a lot of single women that Seattle men never ask them out. This is very true. Only other out-towners seem to even possess the courage, or the sex drive. I am constantly chatted up by men from out of town. (Unfortunately, they are all married.) Men do not make eye contact here.

      Also, as soon as a guy here hits the six-figure salary range, you will see him with a variety of teen-age girls at least 1/3 his age. There are the escorts as well.

      Both D.C. and California have much more sophistication than Seattle.

      And the medical profession? Just try to get anything done here and it will not be done. Seattle doctors are horrid. They either don’t possess the skills, or they just don’t care. The only other time I have seen the “masturbating under the lab coat” thing was 40 years ago. Yet my “reputable” G.P. has done it multiple times. It’s like he’s faking being a doctor. Doctors practicing here would get their licenses yanked in any other state.

      Good bye Seattle! Good riddance.

      1. I too have lived all over, including DC. Moving out of Seattle was BY FAR the best decision I have ever made. There only up from there! Highly recommend it!

      2. Hi Sue,

        What a horrible experience you’ve had in Seattle. I can especially relate to your experience with the dating scene. And you’re right about the lack of culture as well. Be sure to let us know when you’ve managed to escape.

  2. Thank you so much go writing this! I am bookmarking it and will reference it until I can get the hell out of here in two years! I moved here with my ex (who loves it here) from Oregon. It’s been nothing but one disaster after another and the relentless struggle to just survive in a city that absolutely sucks on every level, is barely survivable. I stayed so the kid could be close to his dad. It’s killing me!

  3. I live in Eugene, OR, and it’s the same kind of hell – the Pacific Northwest, originally settled by cold Scandinavians since 1910, everyone seems like they are the living dead, no humor, no spark, no life.
    They’ll have a conversation with you one day and cut you dead as if they’ve never seen you before, the next. It’s a brutal, brutal place.
    Five years of hell, can’t wait to get out soon. Everyone here is gay so good luck getting a date, but will be single the rest of my life if I stayed here.
    And they seem oblivious that there is a world outside of their valley. It’s truly a terrifying place and is like living in Zombieland.
    But it’s not a fun Zombieland, it’s sinister, the people are sinister and mean you harm. They want to hurt you.

    And the Pacific Northwest has the most provenance of serial killers anywhere on the planet. Ted Bundy, et al. all were from here and did their killings in the PNW. That weird vibe u’re picking up? Yes, it’s that. Serial killer vibe.

    Google it. These people are not play play, airy fairy weird, they are truly evil and kill people.

    The people in the PNW are nuts, scary and it’s a waste of life to stay here.
    Anyone who likes it is one of the zombies.

    I just pray that I am still human when I get out. Because so far it’s driven me away from my humanitarian stance and wanting to help people, because I don’t think these people should be saved or helped.
    They don’t want love, kindness, affection, conversation, company, companionship, anything human at all.

    And it’s not even indifference, it’s a cold, calculated, targeted evil that they have. Like the Borg, but programmed to hate.

    Yeah, only those who have lived here can understand because I didn’t know that people like this could even exist.

    Even the Fire Department says to be careful of the crazies that live in the woods with their guns, be careful when knocking on doors when there are forest fires, you might get shot.

    My ex-friend in Santa Barbara said, “I’d have friends in no time if I came up and lived there,” mocking my experience, saying I should get out, make connections.
    He had NO idea what he was talking about.

    This place has almost driven me to suicide, because I thought I’d never be able to get out, for a long time. But I now have a plan and resources to get out and I’m damned if these waste of human flesh creatures are going to destroy my life.

  4. Kyra,
    I hear what you are saying. Living up in PNW can feel extremely isolating. It’s no wonder the area contains the loneliest cities in the US. I found it helpful to come across sites like this were I knew it wasn’t me anymore. Look forward to you getting out. In the mean time, I hope you are able to stay sane and not hurt yourself because of the area and the people. There are such better places and people out there! You are almost there.

  5. I moved to Seattle a year ago and I have hated every moment since. I am single and have not met one normal person out here. I found myself nodding on every single thing you mentioned. I plan on moving in the next year. Great post!

    1. Hi Sara,

      Thank you so much for the comment. I hope you can get out soon. Find a place with sunshine, normal people, and less traffic. Go outside the U.S.A., if you can.

    1. Get certified to teach english, go to spain, asia, indonesia, beautiful, inexpensive, interesting. Or Get a job on a cruiseline. Sign-up for workaway. Whatever it takes to get out do it. This isn’t something to put off. Just get the fuck out, that is not a healthy place st all. Take care.❤️

  6. I want to compliment the writer of this blog on his skills of articulation. Well said! As a native from Seattle, slowly dying inside from a lack of light and constant bordeom, I agreed with all of it. Seattle is boring, evil, lifeless, cultureless.
    So glad I got out. If you can’t afford to leave, get certified to teach english to foreigners and go to Asia or Europe. The schools will pay for your housing. Don’t wait, this is your life, and the darkness your experincing in that city is real. Glad you are al healthy enough to see it. Don’t wait, just go for it!

  7. Thanks Vicky. I agree with your advice about teaching English overseas. Even with the increase in the number of teachers coming to Asia, there are still plenty of jobs here.

  8. I hear every word that you are saying. I moved to Seattle 2.5 years ago for my job and have been plotting to move out since the day I first drove down I-5. My stay here has been rife with rude people, a fiancé who left without saying one word, and unaffordable housing that would not fly anywhere else in the U.S. to say the least. I feel like an idiot because people visit all the time and think it’s so spectacular and I am not seeing it. I work in healthcare and should be able to get a job anywhere but I feel stuck in the system I am in. I keep waiting for a work transfer but it doesn’t appear there are any available in the immediate future. I don’t trust my decision making skills after this latest catastrophe and I am about to just up and go to my parents house (at nearly 40 years old! The horror!)… just so I can get out. I recently traveled to the Dominican and feel like all I want to do is live in a shack there and look at the SUN for several days. I hope everyone who has commented finds their way and I am inspired by those of you who managed to get out of the worst place on earth!!

    P.S. I am losing my social skills (which used to be plentiful) at an alarming rate. I am now used to not making eye contact, not responding at an appropriate rate during conversation, and forget about saying hello. Oh and I hate the Seahawks too! Just throwing that out there.

    1. Agreed….this place changes you, and not for the better. I too have felt myself losing interest in socializing, being alarmed- almost shocked my normal social interaction. Hang in there, from what I hear, once you escape and get back to a normal, functioning location, the symptoms will fade away and you will gain your life back. Here’s hoping, I have two months before the great escape!

  9. Brilliant post – I feel like I just read a page out of my diary! You nailed the maddening experience of living in this dreadful place. After five years (why did I wait so long!) I’m heading south in search of warm sun and friendly, welcoming smiles.

  10. Wow. I am here in Seattle for the first time. Am (was?) considering moving here. Even have a job interview set up. I am originally from Kansas, but have been in Los Angeles for almost 30 years and was feeling Iike I needed to get out. Was in entertainment for many years but haven’t been for the last 15 years, so I don’t have to be in LA.

    Thing is–I hate the hot dry heat in LA during Aug-early November. Those Santa Ana’s suck. My skin is really enjoying the moist air in Seattle.

    But.

    The dark vibe here. I get it. It’s not the weather bc it is gorgeous here right now.

    But the dark vibe. It’s not just me, is it?

    What to do, though? San Francisco is too expensive. Portland doesn’t have the job market I need.

    Shit maybe I should stay in So Cal and try to find a place close to the beach. It’s just so expensive there and I don’t like the beach culture.

    Ah well. Sorry to drone on and on. Any suggestions appreciated.

    Best of luck to you all!

    1. The dark vibe is real. Do you really have only two options? There’s a big wide world out there. Do you have a family or are you single?

  11. Rather than dredge up my personal aspersions about this Third-Tier-Hamlet-of-a-Shite-hole, I will agree wiv you on everything but the weather. I love the drizzle. But maybe that’s ‘coz I’m retired and don’t have a schedule. I gave up my car a year and a half ago – NO COMMENT. The people… erm… I see my friends in Europe more than the ‘friends’ I have here [on that note, when I was undergoing chemo I called a friend who promised to help me if I needed a ride. I was too weak to walk the block and a half to the pharmacy to pick up a script. I called her. She couldn’t help; she’d been drinking.]
    They say the grass is greener. I have been to European capitals I wouldn’t mind risking living in. I own my condo and it appreciates at an obscene rate. I don’t really mind living here, it’s just that I don’t feel one’s life should be about compromises.

    1. With the money you could get from selling your condo, you could live on a nice beach town in Ecuador or Peru for ten years, or more. Or, looking further, Cambodia is cheap and has pleasant weather, beaches, forests, and ancient ruins. Good luck.

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