Q1. Why are you in #Belltown?
A. Belltown is like an oasis in the desert. It has the remaining of what Seattle used to be. Belltown was described as a bad part of town, but I knew I had to see it for myself. I moved to Seattle with nothing, knowing nobody, and I found myself in a community that is incredibly accepting. I ended up starting my own company, and now I'm an EMPLOYER in this City.
Q2. Favorite thing about Belltown?
A. Belltown has what I call a "village spirit" and people care about each other. There is a solidarity in your interactions with other people. The social status here is irrelevant. It's all about caring for your neighbor, and looking out for what's best for the community. The village spirit. We want to preserve that, and we'll preserve it at all costs. There is no such thing as a second class citizen in this neighborhood, because we embrace everybody.
Q3. What's your message for the Mayor and Council about Belltown?
A. I'm an entrepreneur in Seattle. I provide work for my community. I create jobs. But it cannot be all about numbers. We have to preserve what makes us a unique city, in this nation. I'm not against the growth. Growth benefits a guy like me. But we cannot grow without having a regard for what created our uniqueness. We have to be able to have both.