1. What makes you happy in this city?

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I love the fact that Seattle is surrounded by several different types of bodies of water. This city contains approximately 620,000 people in a 140-mile radius and, surprisingly, keeps itself clean partly due to the massive amounts of rainfall each year. It also keeps the trees and flowers in our city lush and green. It makes me happy to be able to see a large body of water from every lookout point. All these types of water make Seattle unique.

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The geographical features of the city still continue to amaze me. A city surrounded by four lakes and a sound, with huge mountains ranges as a backdrop. The best way to view the city is in the light. Seattle has the most incredble light from sunrise to sunset. Its mostly cloudy throughout the year, but when the light does decide to come out it melts your face with excellence.The city of sun worshipers.

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2. WHAT INSPIRES YOU IN THIS CITY?

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The Space Needle inspires me to take photographs in the city. I remember when I first got a camera in 1998, I drove downtown to take a photo. Ever since then I have been challenging myself to take a photograph of the unique building in different light, times, weather and perspectives. It keeps my eyes open and helps me appreciate the city in all its extremes.

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Visitor

Exploring where the tourists don’t go. It’s such a small city compared to most metropolitian cities, but somehow I still find hidden gems that I probably have walked by many times without realizing it. I like to go out at night and travel around. Basically the city shuts down after the nine-to-fivers go home, making for a tranquil time to walk around and take photographs.

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3. WHAT WORKS FOR YOU VERY WELL IN THE CITY?

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Due to photography, I am constantly driving to different locations in the Northwest. In 1963, Seattle decided to make all our bridges to float on the water. They said it makes traffic safer and less congested. I believe that staying at sea level does help the flow of traffic, but it also continues to be a spectacular sight to be right on top of the water as you drive in or out of town.

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Visitor

Transportation has been clutch for me since I came here. I ride a motorcycle half the time; the other half is walking, since I live right downtown. The bus system is great. We have a new light rail that the city is currently constructing to run through most neighborhoods. Seattle also has one of the best ferry systems in the U.S., which can be a great excuse to go on a day adventure and check out what Seattle’s outer limits have to offer.

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4. WHAT WOULD YOU DO BETTER?

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The Seattle community is fairly segregated due to the distance between the major neighborhoods. It is also due to the continuous rain that keeps us from exploring other neighborhoods and being outside. There is a lack of space in downtown Seattle where people can gather. If you are downtown, then most likely you are coming or going from work, shopping or eating. I would create a new type of environment that would attract people to be together. Rain is what we all have in common.

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Visitor

I would like to see more street art in the city. Although it’s increasing, we could definitely use more. Showcasing the incredible artists we have is what helps make this city unique. In addition, the uprise of parking garages and tacky condos is slowly diminishing our historical architecture. I can only hope that the city council will recognize this and protect the rare beautiful places that give this city its distinguished look.

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5. HOW WOULD YOU DO IT BETTER?

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Downtown Seattle has several historic buildings. There are several of them that are beautiful, but there are just as many in poor condition due to the weather and lack of people living in the city center. Jake suggests that we take these condemned walls and turn them into something beautiful. He would like artists to be free to paint murals or tag photographs in spaces that are not being utilized. This may help motivate more foot traffic downtown, thus creating a turn in the environment for the better.

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Visitor

Due to the decreasing garden areas in our expanding city I would like to utilize what space we have to bring back a touch of nature. I believe creating rooftop gardens and parks amongst downtown buildings would bring a breath of fresh air to our city. This would not only lower the city’s pollution levels, but would also give people the chance to grow their own food and create a place where people can gather.

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