Seattle freeze

The Associated Press

Apparently the social phenomenon known as the “freeze” – or social indifference and avoidance of strangers – extends north of Seattle.

A new survey of living conditions in our northern neighbor Vancouver, B.C., conducted by the Vancouver Foundation discovered:

“One in three people living in metropolitan Vancouver say it can be difficult to make friends here. Seventy per cent have never had a neighbour over. And 47 per cent do not trust or do not know if their neighbours trust each other.”

Is Seattle a great but lonely place to live?

The city often ranks pretty high on those lists of the best places to move to – There’s the food, the water, the mountains, the music. But once people get here, they find it’s pretty tough to make friends. There’s even a name for it: The Seattle Freeze.

We wondered: When did the freeze set in? And, how can a newcomer ever break through it? 

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