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September 26, 2012 at 3:35 PM

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What a relief. Seattle named 2nd-best U.S. city

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Seattle was named the 2nd best city in America by Bloomberg Business Week on Wednesday. The No. 1 city? San Francisco.

What a relief. Being No. 1 comes with so much pressure. Would you rather be Bill Gates or Paul Allen? George W. Bush or Al Gore? Dr. Evil or Number 2?

Business Week ranked cities based on leisure, education, economy, crime and air quality. The most important takeaway is that we beat Portland, which came in at No. 5. New York was ranked No. 7. Los Angeles, my hometown, is No. 50.

In fact, it is quintessentially Seattle to celebrate coming in second. If San Francisco and Seattle were two cars at a four-way stop, we would prefer that they went first. We are home to an almost-Super Bowl champion in the Seahawks. We are the second most desirable city for Boeing's headquarters. We have the second most valuable technology company in the world.

Our traffic is bad enough. Our rents are high enough. Our food is fussy enough. San Francisco can have its Web 2.0 millionaires, its World Series-winning team and the Golden Gate bridge. We're perfectly happy bobbing along our floating bridge across the lake.

We're proud to wear the sash of salutatorian, first runner up and second wife. She's younger and prettier than the first one.

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