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This Seattle still lives and has adapted to modern life. Despite the growth strategies that have contempt for "old Seattle" or enjoy "challenging" the neighborhoods with high-rises and big projects, it's a very durable city. It's reflected in the fact that we're still a city of single family homes and yards (now very politically incorrect, but beloved), a city of pea patches, locavores, community councils, traffic circles, affordability, farmer's markets, parking-strip farmers, and recyclers. This is the city whose egalitarian values have been under assault during the boom years, and are threatened to be "planned" out of existence during the quiet of the bust times.
It's this city, not the big "grown up" city, that will absorb and make light rail work, that will integrate it into a mature fabric.
Of course, the sure sign we've grown up is when we stop talking about it. I suppose we can be forgiven a bout of un-arrested development. But it's time for Seattle to put its civic Playboy away. It's not a blueprint for greatness.
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