April 9, 1991 |
A grumpy newspaper columnist popularized the idea: Blame Californians for Seattle's growing pains. Faster and more vigorously than anyone could have guessed, the thought penetrated the local psyche and became part of the background noise of life in the booming city of Seattle. Whether it was traffic, pollution, runaway housing prices, gangs, rudeness or even greed, what came to mind was: Damn Californians. Grumble, grumble, grumble. Sometimes the complaints were strident, sometimes witty.
May 24, 1998 |
Maybe the Pacific Northwest, the erstwhile cool capital of the Western Hemisphere, is not going to conquer the world after all. Every day brings another blow to the regional psyche. Long before the tragic school shootings in Oregon on Thursday, once-buoyant reputations were sinking faster than crab pots. Early last week, software giant Microsoft Corp. was sued by the U.S. Department of Justice and 20 states for alleged violations of antitrust laws.