Originally Posted by alex1u
Very nice city. But.... I Spent 6 mth there than I paid a visit to Toronto, were I was shocked to see what a city realy means. Streets full of people, from early in the morning till after midnight. After one week Montreal. Same thing. Plenty of life in the streets. It is hard to believe why such nice and scenic cities (except Manhattan) cannot bring people in the streets (except festivals). Seatle after 6 pm is deserted!!!
I wouldn't say 6PM, more like 8PM in downtown. That's because Seattle is mostly single family homes away from the downtown core with lots of parking for car commuters working in the office towers and shoppers/tourists in cars. It's changing slowly.
The U District, Capitol Hill and increasingly Ballard, Columbia City (I haven't been to West Seattle in a while) have growing entertainment/residential corridors and people on the street very late. People are probably too tired after hill-climbing and biking, kayaking, sailing, skiing, and diving... to play off of 80s/90s hype articles.