Seattle

<b>Place:</b> Seattle<br>
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<b>Last visited:</b> October<br>
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<b>My perspective:</b> The place is just awful. Gray, one-dimensional and boring. The surrounding geography is spectacular, but the city is nothing more than an overcaffeinated shopping mall filled with upper-middle-class white people wearing backpacks. How many <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCRP014398" title="Starbucks Corp." href="/topic/economy-business-finance/starbucks-corp.-ORCRP014398.topic">Starbucks</a> and Gaps does one need? Take an hour to visit the Space Needle, Pike Place Market and the Experience Music Project -- and that's all it takes -- and you are left wondering why you bothered.<br>
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<b>Suggested alternative:</b> Anywhere else<br>
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--Patrick Sinclair, Alexandria, Va.<br>
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<i>Pictured: Pike Place Market</i>
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( Kevin P. Casey / For The Los Angeles Times )

Place: Seattle

Last visited: October

My perspective: The place is just awful. Gray, one-dimensional and boring. The surrounding geography is spectacular, but the city is nothing more than an overcaffeinated shopping mall filled with upper-middle-class white people wearing backpacks. How many Starbucks and Gaps does one need? Take an hour to visit the Space Needle, Pike Place Market and the Experience Music Project -- and that's all it takes -- and you are left wondering why you bothered.

Suggested alternative: Anywhere else

--Patrick Sinclair, Alexandria, Va.

Pictured: Pike Place Market

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