The “downtown” centre of Seattle is small for a city that is associated with Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing and Expedia. The reality is that all these (and more) multinationals have their “campuses” outside the city, and most of the towers have a look & feel of the eighties. We swept the interesting viewings in one afternoon, and we will return only for the art museum and a short tour. Surprising.
What makes Seattle unique is the natural environment: water and mountains. We are confronted with them at all viewpoints and resting places. The city itself is built on hills and our walks went up and down.Except the small Central business District and the television tower (The Needle) most constructions – especially in the residential areas – are low rise, spread over very green neighbourhoods.
We see some poor people downtown, near Pioneer square: mostly elderly and black. We see their tents under the bridges in several places. With a fast growing population housing is a big issue and the poor are pushed farther and farther away southwards from the city.
We visit the first Starbucks, established in 1971 and buy a mug.
In the evening we visit Kate, a friend of Lisa, who has a deck on the top of her house with an amazing view over downtown. Interstate 5 connects Vancouver to California and runs through downtown like a river.