After I was done with school in ‘98, I had to move back to Seattle because my visa was up in Canada. I found the last affordable work-live space in Seattle and then, of course, SafeCo Field happened and my roommate and I had to move. So I just said, “Fuck this! This doesn’t look anything like my town.” People who didn’t have connections to the Northwest started coming for dot-comss and Microsoft, which was a drag. And everybody complains about the rain, but it’s like, “Why the fuck did you move here?” The rain is a really beautiful thing about this place—shut the fuck up about it! You’re just here to rape and pillage. Fuck. Off.
But visiting Portland now makes up for how I felt about Seattle, because people there are into what’s cool about the area, rather than moving in with some money-making scheme and then tearing a bunch of shit down. So much good stuff in downtown Seattle is just gone. I saw the same thing happen to Vancouver—now it’s just all glass and metal buildings, and everyone says, “Vancouver’s so beautiful!” But they tore down all the good buildings! It’s beautiful, but where are the human spaces?