seattle traffic to kent

May 17th, 2007, 12:47 AM
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Sigh....some people would wish we had those cheap prices for housing here in the DC area.
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May 17th, 2007, 08:47 AM
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Please, don't base any decisions on using the freeway. There are many routes between Seattle and Kent. As I said before, we do just fine by ignoring the freeway entirely. Sure, there are stoplights...but there are alternative routes easily accessible; once you are on the freeway, you are stuck between exits if something happens up ahead (true of all urban freeways, of course). My GPS helps a lot.

Public transit is the best choice if you can make it work.
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May 17th, 2007, 10:32 AM
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thank you thats very helpful. We will be going up there for Memorial Day, hope the weather is good. maybe we can take a ferry some place!
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May 19th, 2007, 10:07 AM
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If you have time during the Memorial Day weekend, go to Seattle Center to experience the Folklife Festival. Lots of music, lots of food booths. Free to enter, but you will be nagged to buy a pin (please do...they help pay for the event).
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May 19th, 2007, 03:31 PM
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sounds like fun i will check it out, thanks!
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May 19th, 2007, 05:25 PM
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Should have done this before my last post...

http://www.nwfolklife.org/
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May 19th, 2007, 06:48 PM
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thank you thats very helpful
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May 19th, 2007, 09:02 PM
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I posted here for some information. My husband got a job offer in SEattle(Kent) and NYC. So we are really not sure on what and where to go. I wanted to get as much information on both places as best I can.
Any ideas, suggestions between the NYC vs SEattle dilemma?? I may make another post titled SEattle Vs NYC. But any information would be helpful.
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May 20th, 2007, 07:33 AM
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NYC is a more intense city than Seattle imo. It is more concentrated and dense. Seattle has a more laid-back way about it, and is more spread out. I can't think of two more different cities!

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May 20th, 2007, 10:12 AM
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We left the East Coast for Seattle in 1960...I'm afraid that giving an unbiased opinion is impossible. If it helps, my wife grew up in Connecticut and we went to NYC on our honeymoon...now I have to twist her arm (figuratively, of course) to get her to travel east of the Rockies.
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May 20th, 2007, 11:15 AM
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i am origiannly from the midwest which is laid back too (chicago) laid back city also.
i just dont know what city i will fit into and feel more comfortable with.
i am going to be a teacher, so i want a city that offers teaching. i coached volleyball and basketball so i would like that opportunity too. i like to eat good authentic food. i want to be able to travel to chicago easier as well as travel to italy easier.
we went to italy for christmas this year and it was ridiculous, it took 4 stops to finally get over there, i did not enjoy that, and i got motion sickness from the constant up and down.
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May 20th, 2007, 11:47 AM
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SeaTac airport has non-stops to European destinations. But obviously the flight is longer than if you are leaving from New York/east coast.

Both cities certainly have authentic restaurants and opportunities for a teacher.

Does the weather matter to you? NYC is much colder in the winter than Seattle.

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May 20th, 2007, 12:00 PM
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I grew up in Gary, primobacio14204, so I can identify with you. Let me use a word that hasn't yet appeared in this thread: bugs. You know how people in the midwest are tormented by flies and mosquitoes, and how screened doors and windows are a necessity...here in the Seattle area (and I have lived everywhere except the east side), we are not bothered by them. Sure, we have screen doors and windows, but we can (for example) walk out on our porches, leaving the screen doors wide open, and walk back in ten minutes later without having a single fly enter the the house. Haven't had a mosquito bite in ten years.

I've never lived in NYC, New London, CT being as close as I got to it, but I recall hot summers and cold winters with plenty of snow.
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May 20th, 2007, 02:19 PM
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weather is not too much of an issue. i lived in chicago where the winter is snowy and kansas where the weather is so unpredictable. living in oregon i did not miss the snow thats for sure! and i hate bugs
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May 20th, 2007, 04:42 PM
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i grew up in the gary indiana area, wow what a small world. here in oregon we are in a valley and there are a lot of bugs, i assumed it would be the same in seattle being in the pacific northwest. thanks for the info
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May 22nd, 2007, 12:00 PM
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Nope, no bugs in Seattle (hardly). The only reason I have screens on my window is so the cat doesn't jump out from the 3rd floor!!
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May 23rd, 2007, 07:46 AM
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question about neighborhoods in seattle. Beacon Hill and Capitol Hill were a few I was looking into. How are those neighborhoods? Restaurants, shopping, access to downtown and the expressway, safe, age of ppl? thanks
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May 23rd, 2007, 08:16 AM
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There is a Fodorite who lives on Capitol Hill, so I will let her field that one...my view-from-a-distance is that it is a great place to live but I know nothing about prices. Almost makes the freeway to Kent mandatory, and I have expressed my views about the freeway several times.

I drive through Beacon Hill neighborhoods quite often on my no-freeway route into the city, and it has a certain charm. The population tends to be Asian, and that's not bad. The houses are well-kept and the landscaping is excellent. Good bus service into downtown, and commuting will get better when the light rail project that now has a lot of streets torn up is completed. We drive Beacon Avenue to MLK, Jr (state route 900) via Cloverdale; MLK intersects 167 at the north edge of Renton, and 167 goes straight into Kent.

Having said all that, there is more new apartment construction in Renton/Kent than there is in the two neighborhoods you mention.
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May 23rd, 2007, 09:01 AM
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Afterthought...Tukwila has not been mentioned. We had a friend who lived in a nice apartmentjust north of the Southcenter shopping mall in a quiet neighborhood between the Foster golf course and the freeway. Interurban Ave just to the east (straight shot into Kent on SR 181), I-5 freeway to the west, I-405 to the south between the neighborhood and the mall.
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May 23rd, 2007, 11:00 AM
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Friends don't let friends live in Tukwila.

Beacon Hill will be considerably cheaper than Capitol Hill. However, Beacon Hill is plainly due to be the next target for gentrification, so if you're buying the upside is greater than on Capitol Hill.

Capitol Hill has many times more cafes, restaurants, shops, etc. than Beacon Hill. Beacon Hill will have good access to both surface and freeway options south to Kent, and decent bus connections to downtown and the rest of the city. Think Lakeview (Chicago) for Capitol Hill.
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