I don't know if anyone here lives in the Seattle region, but I visited an economically depressed area. Half the shops in the strip mall were empty and closed, and there were homeless looking people with signs begging for money at several of the street corners. One time I even saw a whole family on the corner that looked pretty desperate. I have the exact location, if anyone is interested to go out there and do a sociological study. It's in the Olympia Square shopping mall, right next to the border of Lacey (about an hour south of seattle) For those of you who think more people means more money, the population in this area has been gradually increasing but it still looks pretty economically depressed. They're building more apartment complexes, yet a huge amount of the commercial space is sitting vacant. And the type of businesses remaining in these strip malls are pretty low end, the only restaurants left are cheap fastfood, even the little Asian restaurants have gone out of business. I saw one kind of scruffy middle aged guy riding on a bicycle hauling behind it a little cart with a vacuum cleaner on it. This is not in the middle of nowhere.