'Us Versus Them' Bartender Michael Kostin is positive that the Seattle Freeze is real.
“We don’t know what causes it or why it happens, but it does exist,” Kostin said.
When John Reese moved from northern Illinois to Seattle last year he kept hearing people talking about the Seattle Freeze. In fact, he says people are nicer here than they are back home. Apparently, newcomer Reese might be one of the lucky ones, because more than a dozen people wanted us to investigate the Seattle Freeze.
“I’ve heard that people don’t make friends, but I don’t seem to have a problem doing it.” As part of KUOW’s Local Wonder series, our audience took to social media to ask us questions about life in the Puget Sound region and then vote on what topic they most wanted to hear about.
She hopes the stories will help connect neighborhoods and be models of civic engagement. Do Pacific Northwesterners have an accent and what does it sound like?
Sixty-eight years later, the Seattle Freeze debate is still going strong.In the category of giving or receiving favors with neighbors, such as taking over a bowl of soup to a sick friend, Seattle is ranked 37.But Douglas is quick to point out that there are a number of things at which Seattle excels.Kostin played out an example: “You’re not from Seattle so you’re not one of us. Lots of anecdotes, but is there any real hard proof that the Freeze actually exists?You’re a transplant and therefore you are on the outside of everything.” To challenge that chilly theory all you have to do is turn to Kostin’s co-host and self-proclaimed trivia mistress Joni Ross. Diane Douglas is the executive director of Seattle City Club and she said yes, absolutely.