Today’s front page of The Washington Post (print edition) runs a story with the headline “After war on drugs, Seattle tries ‘peace’.” It chronicles the city’s innovative approach of not charging for personal drug possession. As someone relatively new to Seattle and still learning her way around local politics and policies, I found the article informative and well reported. But I wondered what those with more background would make of the article. What did it get right and what did it miss? How does the article present Seattle to the rest of the country?
The book is at its best detailing the success stories of other cities. Shellenberger holds up Amsterdam, Lisbon, New York City, and Miami as cities to consider as much better models than the failed west-coast models.