Remember this guy who tried to run for governor in New York on a single platform?

Remember this guy who tried to run for governor in New York on a single platform?

I’ve been thinking about him a lot lately. Jimmy McMillan may have upstaged his opponents by ranting about rental rates in New York City, but I’d suggest the same message should be delivered to Seattle landlords.

Yes, the rent is too damn high in Jet City. Or maybe it’s just Capitol Hill, the “hippest” area in Seattle right now. I want to live there because I’m ready for a taste of the urban life. I don’t want to be a homeowner (yet) and I’m attempting a car-free lifestyle with close access to work, bus lines and food.

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But I’ve come up against a few reality bumps that have made me realize: I’m not in Austin, Texas, anymore. Or Boise. Or Portland. As it turns out, a $900 to $1,200 “vintage” or “charming” apartment here often translates to tiny studio with drawers and doors that no longer close properly from layers of paint, 20-year-old appliances and a musty smell that doesn’t mix well with the neighbor’s cat. Utilities and parking cost extra, too.