According to Robyn Hitchcock's maddeningly chirpy song 'Viva Seattle' it has "the best computers and coffee and smack."

Once upon a time it had America's highest concentration of 'seamstresses' and a serious problem with back-firing lavatories because of the messed up water pressure system in the city.

It also has some really nifty underground streets that predate the building of the proper mud-free pavements and other fancy modernisations at the end of the nineteenth century.