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What City Did You Think It Was?


"Streetwise" blew my mind. I saw it with my friends when we were in our late teens. We lived about ten miles west of New York City. They didn't show any shots of the skyline so we assumed it was New York. Then late in the movie they mentioned it was Seattle. I guess the tough parts of major American cities look very similar. I have never been to Seattle. I heard it is a great city. But even great cities have rough neighborhoods.

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From what I hear, the Tenderloin district of Seattle where this documentary was shot started getting cleaned up not that long after it was showcased through this film, however, that doesn't always tend to happen.


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I didn't know Seattle had a Tenderloin district. I knew New York and San Fransisco had Tenderloin neighborhoods.

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It doesn't, but for some reason they used to call it the Tenderloin district, not sure why, it's better known as Pioneer Square.


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For years I always thought of Seattle as a kind and caring place compared to most American cities. This movie made me rethink it. Every single city in America, no matter what its reputation is, always has a troubled area in the inner city

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I've been to Seattle.

You can bump into things that are unpleasant, saddening, or dangerous in Pioneers Square, the Central District, alone between Pike and Pine Streets at night, and in the University District, for starters.

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