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Pugetopolis: A Mossback Takes on Growth Addicts, Weather Wimps, and the Myth of Seattle Nice Paperback – December 2, 2008
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Knute Berger, former editor of Seattle Weekly and founding editor of Washington Monthly, also writes Washington Law and Politics and Seattle magazine. Both he and Timothy Egan, author of The Worst Hard Time, live in Seattle.
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Seriously, though, the book was very readable and realistic. The town is growing within geographical boundaries that keep it small and obviously that creates problems. There's pollution issues in the sound and traffic problems on the hill(s).
If you're interested in Seattle's pollution issues, there's a great side story about it in the book Flotsamestrics, worth a read.
Much of it is about the harm we Californians (and New Yorkers) have done to one of the most beautiful places on earth. Not all of the blame can be laid at the feet of land- and McMansion-hungry invaders from the south and the east, however. Some of the earliest settlers quickly set about ravaging the Puget Sound's natural resources, and many of its modern civic and corporate leaders have either dithered in the face of similar threats or contributed to the abuse of the the area's land, water, culture, and civic life. Berger's description of a particular visit to Seward Park will wrench your heart and haunt your dreams.
Fortunately, you won't have to wait long for a belly laugh. His chapter on the Boy Scouts, for example, deals with serious subjects but how can you keep a straight face when he writes of his own Scouting experience as a "cross between Animal House and Lord of the Flies"?
Agree or disagree with his diagnoses and/or prescriptions, Mossback's storytelling will have you in stitches one moment, tears the next. A great read.
Now, I happen to agree with these complaints, and sympathize 100% with Berger's position. But doing nothing but spitting out 2-3 page essays that reduce profoundly tough problems into grumbling sound bites is almost worse than useless. There's not one single constructive idea or suggestion in this book. Seattle doesn't need a professional whiner, those are a dime a dozen around here. Get back to me when you've got something to build, rather than tear down.