In Seattle, you will find numerous distinct neighborhoods. The one in which Seattle Pacific resides is called Queen Anne Hill; it's quaint, eco-conscious, and full of wealthy couples who own well-bred dogs and waited until their 30s to have children. On the South Side, you'll find multi-million-dollar homes as well as iconic Seattle spots like Kerry Park, which overlooks the city with a view of the Space Needle, stadiums, and Mount Rainier. SPU is on the North Side of the hill and within walking distance from another neighborhood called Fremont. Take a jaunt across the Fremont Bridge and you'll be transported into an ultra-hip community full of organic and free-trade-only businesses, bicyclists wearing hemp, and an assortment of odd cultural artifacts (including a giant troll with a life-size VW bug in its grasp, an enormous statue of Lenin, and a sculpture of a dog whose face is human).
Seattle has a universal "live and let live" attitude. This should not be confused with general friendliness, which is the opposite disposition for which Northwesterners are acclaimed. Seattleites tend to be cold individuals, and bad customer service is the norm. However, this cultural characteristic does give birth to a substantial alternative culture. It is not uncommon to run across professionals with tattooed sleeves and facial piercings, and you'll be hard-pressed to find a barista in the city that doesn't sport them. Individuality, activism, and love of art and nature are a few of the virtues of this city, which are reflected in all aspects of Seattle life.