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April 12th, 2010

(no subject) @ 10:01 pm

This evening, I had a calzone and then got completely and utterly lost in Seattle (in the sense of "having no idea where I was or what roads connected to what", not "with zero idea how to get back home"). Seattle's a much smaller city than I thought it was; I'd not realized it was only about 600k people.
 
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From:caladri
Date:April 13th, 2010 05:56 am (UTC)
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It's a small city, but a lot of people who refer to themselves as living in Seattle don't actually live in the city itself or even nearby unincorporated areas. The sprawl to the north is especially wrongly-assigned in the consciousness of many Seattle natives I know.

And in kind, Bellevue, Tacoma, Redmond, Everett, etc., are so often dismissed as being satellite cities of Seattle that it's easy to lose sight of what a large urban area (and sizable population) it is of which Seattle is either the anchor, or one of many hubs (though certainly the largest in city-like terms.) Drive down 167 and along 512 and up 5 to the northern terminus of 405 and then take it back down to 167. It's a huge area with a ton of people.

And if you (like me) don't count anything you have to cross water from downtown1 to reach as part of the city proper, it's a very small city.

1: Since I've learned more geography by driving around aimlessly or anxiously, I have several extensions to that rule, but the water one is basically the most useful in terms of urban flavor. Excluding crossing I-5 excludes useful parts of the International District, Central District and First and Capitol Hills, but correctly excludes some of the vast forested residential areas east of Cap Hill and the CD which I do not have a trivial divider for otherwise.

They're nice to drive through, though, Lake Washington Blvd is particularly obscene but nice, and if a bit ridiculous wrt twists and turns between the lake and downtown/the arboretum.
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From:kaligrrrl
Date:April 13th, 2010 07:25 am (UTC)
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you're in Seattle? I'm in Seattle!
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From:ioerror
Date:April 13th, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
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Drop me a line?
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From:moof
Date:April 13th, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
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What's your email address these days?
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From:ioerror
Date:April 13th, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)
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jacob at appelbaum dot net

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