What's great about Seattle?
March 16, 2014 11:18 AM Subscribe
Why should I move to Seattle from the east coast?
posted by btkuhn to Grab Bag (33 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
I've been offered a job in Seattle, which I was initially quite excited about because I know it's known as one of the USA's great cities. As part of my due diligence I read through askmefi's archive of 'Should I move to Seattle' posts, and the major things that stuck out to me were:
-It's unusually hard to make friends
-The weather tends to suck most of the time, unless you like cloudy drizzle
-Traffic is terrible
Perhaps I was unconsciously looking for negatives, but this is the impression that I got. The first point is particularly concerning to me, because I'm a somewhat introverted single guy and don't know anyone east of the Mississippi. The third point (maybe) makes this worse, because my job would be on the east side of the eastside, meaning I would probably live in Bellevue, since long commutes make me insane and it sounds like the bridges are a disaster during rush hour.
So I suppose my question is, what makes Seattle great, particularly for youngish unconnected people (or is it)? What counteracts the above negatives - or am I overstating these? Would I be setting myself up for misery if I were to move to Bellevue alone and without a network?
Btw I'm unfortunately unable to visit before making a decision on the job.