Although Renton has a reputation as a sleepy bedroom suburb of the metroplex, the discerning visitor should not write it off. Renton offers both a pleasant environment, combining natural beauty with modern architecture and communities, and wonderful retail opportunities, with shopping centers, specialty boutiques, and high-end stores. It features a spur of green hills and ridges, including Cougar Mountain and Tiger Mountain, along with a chain of small mountain lakes.
- The bedroom communities of Renton are among the most conservative parts of the metroplex, alongside Fort Lewis and some of Snohomish. This district is the heart of Governor Brackhaven’s social support (as opposed to his support from business, centered in Downtown and Everett). Humanis types may not be wearing white hoods and whipping up torch-wielding mobs (at least, not much anymore), but that doesn’t mean they’re gone. Instead, they’ve traded white sheets for business suits and lynch mobs for comprehensive mailing lists, public referenda, and social networks. If anything, that makes them more dangerous than ever. Personally, I feel safer on the streets of Redmond late at night; at least there, you know where you stand.