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Friday, June 5, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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The Great Divide Hey, Seattle: Our Reasons To Move Here Us Vs. Them Musings By Reporter

Ten reasons someone in Seattle ought to want to move to Spokane.

1. Less traffic.

2. Less burdensome mortgage.

3. Less chance your girlfriend will bump into the Mariners’ Alex Rodriguez in a store and decide she can do better than you.

4. Less likelihood of having to listen to insane co-workers who absurdly believe you live in a city that’s the new San Francisco.

5. Less of a drive to Idaho and Montana.

6. Less need to tell your aunt in Iowa, “No, the view from my place isn’t much like the one in ‘Frasier.”’

7. Less chance people will judge you harshly if you don’t happen to enjoy certain exotic ethnic cuisines featuring tree bark in spicy sauce.

8. Less need to say, “No I didn’t go to that gallery opening/book reading/ poetry slam/eco-guilt seminar/museum gala/club opening…”

9. Less chance you’ll wake up one day and discover that you are, in fact, molding.

10. Less pressure to pretend that you don’t mind drizzle or the fact that your hair smells like seaweed.

There’s one problem with the popular view that Spokane and Seattle are on different planets.

It fails to recognize a simple fact of life in Washington. Many extended families have members in both cities.

Now that doesn’t mean the two places are alike. But it does point out something worth remembering: Countless residents of the Evergreen State don’t need to consult the Places Rated Almanac or pick up a copy of a magazine touting the latest “Best Cities” list.

When it comes to getting the real story, there’s nothing quite like visiting Uncle Fred in Federal Way.

Mileage estimates may vary.

But there are those who believe Seattle is considerably west of where the Real West ends.

That’s not necessarily an indictment. After all, not everyone cares about such things. Nor should anyone infer that everything about the Old West is worth celebrating.

But here’s the deal. The Spokane area feels like the West. Puget Sound, beautiful as it is, doesn’t.

And if you need to have the distinction explained, well, you just wouldn’t understand why it matters. , DataTimes

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