Why I am traversing to SoDo five days a weeks? Well, the reality is that I was offered a job I just couldn't turn down. Hence, my self-imposed banishment to the dreaded SoDo.....
SoDo: “How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways”. These are the words Elizabeth Barrett Browning would have most definitely penned had she ever had the misfortune to come to SoDo.
Taxpayers of Washington Unite! You were fleeced by King County and the builders of the Kingdome! Demand a refund and use the money to build low-income housing (see my rant about homeless people below).
2) The Light Rail- Years in the making, millions of dollars in cost over-runs, but finally (several decades behind the fair Portland, Oregon to the south), we have a light rail that runs from Sea-Tac airport to the University district. While I’m a BIG fan of mass transit, I do really, really hate that SoDo is one of the few places on the rail line in which the tracks aren’t below ground. As a result, pedestrians, bikes and people in cars (that would be me!) are continually and constantly halted from our appointed rounds (well, truth be told) to Starbucks or food. I don’t know about you, but when I only have a 30 minute lunch break and have to get in my car and drive 10 minutes at a minimum each way to get anything half-way resembling decent food, one can get pretty steamed waiting for the light rail to come and go and come and go, all in a 10 minute time-frame. In addition , more than one poor SoDoer has had the misfortune to be stoned out of their mind or mentally impaired and/or lacking the usual survival skills to comprehend that a speeding train will beat you out every time you venture across the tracks. Unfortunately, some Humans fail to notice the clanging bells, flashing red lights and a big barricade allegedly there to keep them from jumping out in front of it. All the above notwithstanding, just ONCE I’d like to leave my office to go to Starbucks and not get nailed by the light rail blocking my way coming and going. By contrast, those lucky folks in downtown Seattle walk and drive wherever they want, clueless that below their sidewalk are multiple light rail trains are racing north and south quickly and unobtrusively under their feet, but alas, not in SoDo (of course!)