The Measure of a City

What makes a city a great place to live? Matt Kepnes of Nomadic Matt’s Travel Site – one of my favorite travel blogs – recently wrote a post about Seattle. It’s always interesting to see what ‘outsiders’ think of your city. While I don’t live in Seattle anymore, I still consider it my home in US. Matt did a pretty good job of covering the major points of interest, including a few that usually get missed. While he enjoyed Seattle, his final verdict was based on whether he could live there or not, and the answer was no. Seattle is too small.

Size is relative, of course. And while Seattle may lack a few things that might be easily found in a larger city, I guess those were things that weren’t that important to me. What I love about Seattle is the beautiful setting and the close proximity to numerous outdoor activities. In spite of the interminable gray skies, if I ever find myself living back in the US again, it will likely be in Seattle.

What is it that makes a place livable for you? And for those of you in Seattle, what is it about Seattle that you love and keeps you there (or not)?

Today’s Photo

I didn’t spend a lot of time at Pike Place Market when I was living in Seattle. It was often just a place to take out-of-town guests. I did get a chance to wander through when I was back there in October, though.

Pike Place Market

Inside Pike Place Market

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