Photography and Writing By Caden LaMar
The first thing you need to know about Seattle, is that it's always been active. No one stays in one place for too long, we're the anti-social - social. You never really know your neighbors name, but chances are you ride the city bus with them, you go to the same concerts, and you even spray paint the same abandoned building.
Our city is dying, metaphorically & physically.
Once tech & legal marijuna blew up, the city struck gold in the form of the US dollar; or so it seemed. For the families who weren’t so lucky, our worlds crashed. Suddenly, it was three grand a month for a bad house in a bad place.
New years has always been special to me, as it is to a lot of people. We wish for the best and hope this year is the year in which we are lucky enough to strike US dollar gold in a city where capitalism fuels 90% of everyone’s thoughts.
This year however, wasn't so lucky. A few weeks into the year, I woke up to the big news: "China's Wuhan Coronavirus has its first case in the US in Seattle, Washington."
I shrugged it off, but as the weeks went by, it's all I heard about. The famous "It's Corona time" started to spread on TikTok, with people using comedy as a coping mechanism for the fear that began to rise. Asian businesses started becoming vacant, and some began closing down. I couldn't understand why people were being so avoidant of the Asian businesses that most of us grew up on. Suddenly, as the numbers climbed, it wasn't just the Asian businesses that were shutting down. In the blink of an eye, my school had a teacher exposed to the virus, shutting down my school for two days. Those two days felt like forever. The next morning, everyone woke up to our Governor telling us that every school would be shut down for at least two months. As I mentioned before, most people didn't strike US dollar gold, so making school online wasn’t an option when most students didn't have access to WiFi, nonetheless computers.
All the stores are out of anything and everything as of right now. Since vaccinations take nearly a year at best to be distributed, almost everyone is preparing for the worst. However, I am proud to live in Seattle. I’ll always be proud. Living in such a beautiful and powerful city, I have complete faith that things will get better; maybe not right now or not even for a long time, but we will recover. We are resilient. Seattle will never die.