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Old 06-11-2009, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX!!!!
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Might I ask, which part of downtown ?

I work around 5th & University, go to the gym on 3rd & Pike and generally walk up and down Pine, Pike, Union and University aves almost every single day and have never witnessed it.
One of my old coworker-friends got a jaywalking ticket on third and spring as he rushed into the intersection after the red hand started flashing. He was rushing to catch a bus. I don't know what it was but something told me to stay put. We didn't even see the cop. But that was back in the early 90s and they seemed much more militant about jaywalking tickets then.
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Old 06-11-2009, 08:02 PM
 
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Might I ask, which part of downtown ?

I work around 5th & University, go to the gym on 3rd & Pike and generally walk up and down Pine, Pike, Union and University aves almost every single day and have never witnessed it.
Always saw people getting caught on third in the business district, first near the market, third near walgreens, and the westlake center area.
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Old 06-11-2009, 08:59 PM
 
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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Where I live on Mercer Island, it is very walkable if you live close to the business district. There's parks, shops, grocery store, restaurants, a few coffeehouses, and some nice people nearby

Of course there's nice construction too, but that will pass soon I think.
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Old 06-12-2009, 12:21 AM
 
Location: Bothell, WA
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The thing that irks me most about walking around Seattle is the huge, steep slope going down to the waterfront. It's a real pain, but I guess it gives the city characer.
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Old 06-12-2009, 04:53 AM
 
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The thing that irks me most about walking around Seattle is the huge, steep slope going down to the waterfront. It's a real pain, but I guess it gives the city characer.
Well, better the steep hills than walking off a cliff which is what would have happened before the regrade many years ago.
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Old 06-12-2009, 11:02 AM
 
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The thing that irks me most about walking around Seattle is the huge, steep slope going down to the waterfront. It's a real pain, but I guess it gives the city characer.
I like the hills, it forces me to get some exercise.
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Old 06-14-2009, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Very true and if you are living in the downtown area and walk alot be advised that the sidewalks are brutal on shoes for both men and women. The sidewalks in many areas have too much rock and pebble so they are not very smooth.

And what ever you do , don't ever jaywalk-you'll get fined, cops will call you derrogatory names afterwards as you walk away. The are really facists about this.
Lived here for nigh on 6 years, and have never been accosted or bothered by police for doing this. I've heard this urban rumor for quite some time and have neither personally experienced nor have had any friends experience this. And I jay walk all the time. I must either be extremely lucky, or, this rampant "jay-walking ticket" theory may be a bit exaggerated.
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Old 06-14-2009, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX!!!!
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Lived here for nigh on 6 years, and have never been accosted or bothered by police for doing this. I've heard this urban rumor for quite some time and have neither personally experienced nor have had any friends experience this. And I jay walk all the time. I must either be extremely lucky, or, this rampant "jay-walking ticket" theory may be a bit exaggerated.
Seriously, back in the 80s I saw people get tickets all of the time. When we moved back in 2001, I never saw a single one, but then again, I no longer spent most of my time either downtown or the U-district.
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Old 06-14-2009, 06:20 PM
 
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Lived here for nigh on 6 years, and have never been accosted or bothered by police for doing this. I've heard this urban rumor for quite some time and have neither personally experienced nor have had any friends experience this. And I jay walk all the time. I must either be extremely lucky, or, this rampant "jay-walking ticket" theory may be a bit exaggerated.
Not a theory ... there are several "hot spots" where cops are quite quick to write people up for jay-walking. The U-district (University from 45th up to 50th) and downtown (3rd and Pike in particular) come to mind. I have seen it personally, and several of my friends were ticketed in the past couple of years.

It is especially rampant towards the end of the month, when cops have to meet their ticket quotas.

In short, don't jaywalk in those areas and you should be OK. Also, you can get a ticket for jaywalking in intersections that have red-light cameras. True story.
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Old 06-15-2009, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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I jaywalk all the time and live downtown. Never been ticketed and never seen anyone get ticketed.

I wouldnt jaywalk 3rd Avenue anyways. It's not very safe to do so.
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