April 4th, 2004

  • rhealz

Jonathan Raban's comments on Seattle

Seattleites flatter themselves shamelessly when they say (and they always do) that theirs is "a beautiful city". It's not. It's a nondescript city, spread, in a higgledy-piggledy, low-rise, low-density sprawl, across miles of hills and lakes that were beautiful once, framed by mountains and sea that are beautiful still. It's an unfortunate fact about flowers of geography that they don't bother to work as hard on their appearance as places less favoured by nature, like the muddy ford where London got its start, or the salt swamp from which Venice triumphantly arose. So far as architecture and town planning are concerned, Seattle has bothered even less than most.

Changing the link to the Times version of the editorial: