On a recent weekday I rode around on the South Lake Union Streetcar, hoping to catch the vibe as city leaders debate whether to expand the now 16-year-old trolley system through downtown. When I got on near Fred Hutch, there was no vibe to be caught. I was the only one on the train besides the driver. Incredibly this solitude lasted the entire ambling run, 1.3 miles along Lake Union and then south through what has been one of America’s hottest neighborhoods, the land of Amazon.






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