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Location: Kent (East Hill), WA

PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 11:23 am    Post subject: Start Spreading the News... Reply with quote

I keep trying to find a simple, yet fully descriptive moniker for region I live in.

I am in Kent, 16 miles southeast of Seattle's downtown.

Kent is a city of 120,000. It is part of King County same as Seattle. It is part of the Puget Sound region which is the ring of cities and towns around the Sound.

It is also part of the developing corridor of development and rail along the Western side of Washington.

The term I want would both boost the importance of the non-Seattle parts of the region, yet at the same time clearly include the famous landmarks.

Seattle seems to be a powerful word, not just because of the city but because its place in the mindset around the world. There is clearly a style known globally as Seattle. The other thing is its easy to say. The typical choices are those like the mouth bending "Puget Sound Region". Or the equally distasteful "Western Washington".

A lot of the problem comes with the name of the state, Washington. They could have not chosen a worse name. Obviously its confusing with the city. So every time there is ambiguity you have to say "Washington...State...or DC". It's also an ugly name. Ugly in comparison to the combination of Spanish and native names for all other states west of the Mississippi. Colorado? California? How do you compete with that?

Recently I've given up and been using WestWash to see if it would catch on (I realize it never will). The best solution, fortunately or not, would be to call the whole state Seattle! So, I would end up living in Kent, Seattle. And the original...Seattle, Seattle.

So nice they named it twice!
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