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Ride the S.L.U.T.

You’d have to know the humor. Every country, every tribe, has their own unique way of handling situations, and in Seattle, humor often beats anger, any day. When city officials asked a low-income area of Seattle how they could help, the people said “affordable housing.” The city officials responded with “How about a trolley?”

“What? ? ? ?” you might ask. Sounds like this might have been about a trolley all along, don’t you think?

So the South Lake Union residents played the humor card. You can read the full article at CNN Travel,

SEATTLE, Washington (AP) — Officially, it’s the South Lake Union Streetcar. But in the neighborhood where the new line runs, it’s called the South Lake Union Trolley — or, the SLUT.

At Kapow! Coffee, a shop in the old Cascade neighborhood, 100 T-shirts bearing the words “Ride the SLUT” sold out in days, and another 100 are on order.

“We’re welcoming the SLUT into the neighborhood,” said Jerry Johnson, 29, a part-time barista.

Some claim — incorrectly, according to representatives of Vulcan Inc., the company that is developing the area — that South Lake Union Trolley was the original name and that it was changed when officials belatedly realized the acronym.

The $50.5 million project should be completed with streetcars running in December. Underlying the lighthearted opposition, however, is resentment over changes in the old working-class neighborhood.

“There was a meeting with representatives from the city several years ago,” Johnson recalled.

“They asked us, ‘What we could do for you?’ Most people raised their hands and said, ‘Affordable housing,”‘ he said. “Then the people from the city huddled together — ‘whisper, whisper, whisper,’ — and they said, ‘How about a trolley?

The neighborhood has sold out of the “Ride the S.L.U.T.” T-shirts. You can see the video if you go to the CNN website. Just a little grin to start your day, and a little insight into the Seattle way of doing things. Seattle people do not have a great fondness for bureaucrats and politicians.

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September 26, 2007 - Posted by | Bureaucracy, Communication, Community, Cultural, Humor, Kuwait, Language, Living Conditions, News, Seattle

5 Comments »

  1. I love how there’s a global sense of humor here, thats handled with good sportsmanship! 🙂 Great post!

    Comment by N. | September 26, 2007 | Reply

  2. LOL! That’s how smart people move things around! Love it! 🙂

    Comment by chikapappi | September 26, 2007 | Reply

  3. Thanks, N!

    I love it that you love it, Chikapappi!

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 26, 2007 | Reply

  4. hehehehe that reminded me of the movie “Accepted”, you HAVE to see it, it’s funny and sorta inspirational, u can say :p

    the college Justin Long makes up in the movie is called South Harmon Institute of Technology… u see the acronym? :p

    Comment by Swair | September 26, 2007 | Reply

  5. I’ll have to find that movie, Swair. I’ve never heard of it! Yeh, sometimes the acronyms are such a hoot!

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 27, 2007 | Reply


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