seattleguy wrote:lol, I knew someone would either post this or shots of the drug markets down in pioneer square/belltown. For all the folks lovin the computer enhanced images of Seattle, I'm from here and I love my city, but its not all sunshine and lollipops. There is a lot of homelessness, which the city doesn't really have a plan to combat, and which is especially prevalent on the Ave (the heart of the University District neighborhood where UW is located). Also, open air drug markets are pretty prevalent in the Downtown core, Pioneer Square, the International District, and, you guessed it, on the Ave.
That said, Seattle is amazing and I love living here, just don't be surprised that Seattle faces many of the same problems of any urban area.
Yeah, whenever I run through downtown Seattle, I'm always surprised at the number of bums and hippies. You'd think it'd wear off eventually, but I mainly hang out at the yuppy areas (MI, Fremont, Queen Anne, Redmond, Bellevue).
That said, it's still a gorgeous city, and the weather is great. No snow this year! And it was warm enough this weekend to play shirtless flag football.