OK, sometimes it's too easy to laugh at the national reporters who parachute into town and then try to write up some kind of in-the-know account full of exciting local color. But still, even by the normally weak standards that apply, there's something especially pathetic about today's NYT story on how Seattle is becoming the next Silicon Valley (mentioned in Laura's post below). Leaving aside the fact that the piece seems about ten years past its date and, well, to me personally, slightly familiar, it's also just so off.
"Stroll through the hip Fremont District and you will sense the Valley vibe," says writer John Markoff. Yeah, no kidding, John. The once-unique and "hip" Fremont "district" is now indistinguishable from downtown Palo Alto. Most people here don't consider that progress. "Technology start-ups are sprouting up amid quirky neighborhood landmarks like a bronze statue of Lenin and the Fremont Troll, the giant concrete creature lurking beneath the George Washington Memorial Bridge." Oh, John. You know us better than we know ourselves.