Pugetopolis: A Mossback Takes on Growth Addicts, Weather

Pugetopolis: A Mossback Takes on Growth Addicts, Weather Wimps, and the Myth of Seattle Nice ✰ Pugetopolis: A Mossback Takes on Growth Addicts, Weather Wimps, and the Myth of Seattle Nice Epub ✶ Author Knute Berger – Buyprobolan50.co.uk Knute Skip Berger is one of the most recognized commentators on politics culture business and life in the Pacific Northwest He’s the Mike RoykoJimmy Breslin of this part of the country As Timothy Eg Knute Skip Berger is Mossback Takes PDF Ë one of the most recognized commentators on politics culture business and life in the Pacific Northwest He’s the Mike RoykoJimmy Breslin of this part of the country As Timothy Egan describes him in the Foreword to Pugetopolis he is the region’s crank with Pugetopolis: A PDF or a consciencea contrarian thinker who calls out the folly and hubris of mayors governors presidents and gazillionaires In his signature Mossback column which ran for years in the Seattle Weekly and now on Crosscutcom Knute Berger comments on politics the year odyssey of mass transit cultural matters A Mossback Takes PDF/EPUB À we got art out here in the provinces the big natural world what’s left of it enterprise as in the Microsoft Starbucks Industrial Complex and odd local behavior car less living that allows mooching rides As a third generation Seattle native he has the perspective to take the A Mossback Takes on Growth PDF/EPUB ² long view so he knows there was a life A Mossback Takes on Growth PDF/EPUB ² without jackasses on jet ski bear attacks in the suburbs and not so many millionaires Gathered in Pugetopolis are Knute Berger’s best commentaries that provide grist for anyone’s mental mill who wants to understand why the Pacific Northwest is a uirky place that is sometimes too liberal for its own good; strangely conservative at other times; blindly does the bidding of the richest guy around so he can make even money; and is able to jump on the bandwagon of one dumb pubic works fiasco after another And then we complain about the rain like it’s some new form of insult You gotta love this place—warts and all Berger shows you how with this sharp witted and observant book.

10 thoughts on “Pugetopolis: A Mossback Takes on Growth Addicts, Weather Wimps, and the Myth of Seattle Nice

  1. Becky Becky says:

    Meh I didn't love itBecause it's a collection of essays written over several years there is a lot of repetition By the halfway point I was thinking Wait didn't I already read this one? There were a handful of enjoyable essays but the overwhelming theme throughout was to long for the good old days before so many people moved here destroyed the natural environment and messed up the small town way of life It got a little old to me I get the sense that original Seattleites or at least people who have been here since the 60s70s would enjoy this book than meSide note While I was reading this book I saw the author standing at the bus stop at 3rd and Pike Doesn't that seem like something that would only happen in a small town? Like the kind of small town that the author laments is gone? Is that ironic or am I stretching here? Fine I'm stretching it I'll get back to work now

  2. Tony Tony says:

    I can assure the readers of this book with a catchy headline thatEvery city has people similar to Mr Berger who makes a living playing the role as that city's old guardian These old guardians and their fans will never leave their host cities and yet want others ie the newbies or the new wave to either move back or to remain in places the old guardians and their fans would never reside much less even visit eg North Dakota Iowa and other depopulating areasThis aversion of the old guards to the newcomers applies only to those newcomers who are native born white folks Exception is made for immigrants What the old guards advocate is completely impractical as no one especially the old guards wants to move to areas without sufficient employment or the economic or cultural incentives that make living in hostile conditions eg bone chilling arctic winds no high culture within a 200 mile radius seem worthwhile I take up living travel and work space in than one city and in than one state And I notice there are many others like me And this hints at another Northwest myth that its Ecotopian people reside or work in just one city or state I really wanted to like this book because I like social commentaries especially humorous self reflection about the place and culture of where I live Unfortunately it became page after page of rants about Seattle's growth its influx of yuppies and its loss of what it once was The book's chapters are primarily cobbled together from columns he has written in Seattle Weekly over the years some of which are no longer relevant If you're a fan of such Pugetopolis old guards you probably will like this book as it will validates resentments to change and longings for the good old days By the way it's 2009

  3. Erik Erik says:

    Berger really is right on the money when he bills this as “A Mossback Takes on Growth Addicts Weather Wimps and the Myth of Seattle Nice” Just by looking at his hoary visage on the back page of this his first collection of articles formerly published elsewhere from the 90s up to today you know you’re in for a rollickin’ good ride of snarkiness Pacific Northwest styleBerger’s critical eye reminds me of a liberal Rush Limbaugh Over bloated sharp witted and often down right obnoxiously funny in spite of himself often than not Berger is than happy to be a thorn in the side of developers worse than dyed in the wool Communists in former decades fundamentalists of all stripes and persuasions the Establishment whatever and wherever that may be Tim Eyman and the monkey wrench initiative style of Washingtonian populism Seattle’s process oriented politics long on talk and freuently short on action Greg Nickel’s phony “Mr Nice Guy” style of management and – a favorite of xenophobic natives for many years now – Californians who migrate here to our neck of the rainy woodsAnnoyed by our increasingly dense city? Lamenting the loss of urban green space? Sick of Seattle politics where we talk about things to death – without ever really doing something tangible about it? Knute Berger is the man for you By the end of Pugetopolis you will no doubt reach out to grab the latest issue of Seattle Weekly or even to turn the dial to KUOW to hear his latest rant and rave Huzzah for the uintessential Northwest Mossback

  4. Jen Jen says:

    The book is an anthology of articles from the Mossback column from Crosscut Some of the articles are really funny and most of them do hit pretty close to home However his reputation as a curmudgeonly old man is well deserved and well illustrated here He longs for the better simple times of yesteryear and I got tired of that view of life That time is over get on with it This is the time and place that we live now if you don't like it either come up with a better suggestion or moveThe really nice thing about this book is that each article was only a couple of minutes of reading so they were great to read right before bed or to pick up when you only had a few minutes

  5. Doug Doug says:

    I read this book in preparation for moving to Seattle and just finally got around to reading the last few chapters and reviewing it after living in Seattle for six months There were some essays that were uite good But as a newcomer to Seattle I had to overcome the hurtle of being one of Knute Berger's targets Apparently newcomers are despoiling the city in his eyes of 'third generation' Seattleites like Knute who lament the growth of his city Moreover since I now hear him on KUOW and see his newly minted articles on Crosscutcom I can't help but notice how out of touch he is sometimes The article that particularly got me was when he was complaining about the loss of parking and issuing a doomsday forecast that public parking would go extinct in Seattle Basically if Knute can't find parking in one minute or less downtown without having to fork over for a ramp spot it's a municipal emergency Basically it feels like he can never pass up a good rant and basically has no cogent agenda to drive besides snarkiness for snarkiness sake And I like snark But for someone who brags about being in Seattle for three generations he's long of nostalgia and short on effective policy ideas

  6. Matthew Ciarvella Matthew Ciarvella says:

    I wanted to like this book a lot In this collection of articles from the last decade Berger slings a few really poignant zingers at his favorite targets politicians developers and outsiders Thus my problem I'm one of that third group It's the fault of me and people like me that Seattle sucks nowIt's hard not to take that personally especially when my move to the Northwest was filled with bright eyed optimism and the best of intentions I'm not a Californian and I'm not here at the behest of Boeing or a tech firm I'm a public servant working for the public library I feel like I have something to contribute hereAll the stuff that Berger complains about that's happening here? Rampant development a complete disregard for the sustainability of the region the fecklessness of politicians? That's the song that was playing in the background as I left Arizona Maybe it's still the newness of the experience but despite what I read within these pages the Northwest still feels like paradise to meI wanted to like this book but I just couldn't stop thinking about the fact that Knute Berger probably doesn't like me

  7. Emmett Emmett says:

    I've always been waiting for that nugget piece by Knute Berger where he brings together the various strings of thought and shows me exactly where he is coming from Fred Moody did this in Seattle and the Demons of Ambition Even though Moody stole liberally from his previous work Demons of Ambition stands on its own as a personal and regional history And it makes a cogent argument about where we are headed as a regionThis is what I expected from Berger in Pugetopolis but what it is really is a simple collection of essays and newspaper columns already published He does organize them by topic and adds a postscript when necessary So maybe in 20 years when Berger is no longer an active writer this book will serve a purpose But now its an excuse to write a bookIt doesn't help that I disagree with Berger but this book was really hard to get through

  8. Evan Evan says:

    An engaging collection of essays from one of the region's regular columnists It's good to have background about this new place to have some history of the political battles and to be challenged about some of my views Yet the book reminds me of the differences between columns and books; the former is time and place sensitive a uick reaction to make sense or opinion of today's news to add a voice to a community dialogue The latter is for reflection and that's what the book generally fails to do though he includes short paragraphs updating what's happened since he wrote the columnAs the book was published in 2009 I believe it's dated But glad to have read it

  9. Barry Barry says:

    Sometimes it's fun to read a book about a city you don't live in Sure they've got their problems perhaps similar to your own but at the end of a long day it is sometimes nice to read about another city and leave if temporarily your own one behind In this case I used to live in Seattle so I am familiar with some of the issues and personalities it's just I'll never vote on them or for them again Told with Berger's sharp wit and irascible sense of himself and environment this is a fun read best enjoyed in small pieces

  10. K2 ----- K2 ----- says:

    It was fun to read Knute Berger's collection of writing in one place I got it on a sale table and read it in an afternoon great fun to read his take on things and catch up on those I had missed previously Certainly he could be channeling Emmett Watson and for NW natives this is a comfort to keep this FN look at the PNW alive I don't think he's as grumpy as other readers have said but perhaps I am used to hearing his outlook on things I can't say I read every single piece collected here but I did read most and it was a glimpse back into the recent past

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