There’s a “south end?”

This is the South End. It's been here all along.

This is the South End. It's been here all along.

Big ups to Nina Shapiro over at the Seattle Weekly for daylighting an issue that’s been popping up a ton since Sound Transit opened Central Link a short two weeks ago – albeit with a slightly different take. The issue? The glowing intra-city tourism that has descended into Rainier Valley and, to a lesser degree, Beacon Hill.

Yes, it’s true. The amount of guides instructing new light rail riders on the intricacies of neighborhoods that comprise roughly a quarter of the city is both telling and paining.

In the telling department: that so many people in Seattle and the region, and many (most?) of our major media outlets act as if they’ve never heard of the South End before. To think that such a large portion of the city has gone about its everyday existence without seeing, knowing, living in, or even acknowledging the South End is, to say the least, staggering.

And in the paining department: if you’ve ever doubted that the poorer, less influential areas of the City, the region and the state are overlooked by popular media, let this be a lesson. Equality and justice are not just words – they require actions and knowledge on the part of both the populace and the government.

And yes, there’s a direct and immediate effect. The Pew Charitable Trust just released a study on upward mobility, economic stability, and the impact neighborhoods have. It matters. A lot. And it’s not a tourist trip.

Sigh. Rant over.


1 Response to “There’s a “south end?””

  1. 1 Saofend
    July 31, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    That’s the truth.

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