Running above the streets, holding up traffic lights, random cables strung between lamp posts.
Living in the mid-west where our soil is soft and our landscape flat, the only time you see wires like this is when something's under construction.
The architecture had its affect on me as well. It feels different then what I think of as Minneapolis architecture, with a much stronger asian influence - I don't know why I think that it has an asian influence, I just do - and the thing is that we have a lot of similar bulidings back home, built in the last 10 years or so. But many of these buildings are condos, and because of the economy and what not, they stand half empty, the fussiness spaces devoid of anything other than concrete. It's been like that for a few years now, so I guess when I see sleek looking asian influenced condo buildings, I think no one lives there.
But Seattle is still one of the most expensive places to live, even with the recession, and though I don't know much about economics, I I think I have a good grasp on the supply and demand theory - If people didn't demand the living spaces in Seattle, the supply would stay the same (or grow like in mpls) and prices would go down...
so, that's my first bit of "noticing" in Seattle, it appears to be under construction to me, but really it's not, I'm just not used to the landscape.
p.s. I got drenched yesterday in a 15 min downpour. crazy! ... but kind of nice in it's own way.