Barbs for Bezos but Bill Gates largely admired in Seattle

  • In this May 14, 2018, file photo, members of the public look on at a Seattle City Council before the council voted to approve a tax on large businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks to fight homelessness in Seattle. The Seattle region is home to the two richest men in America, but while Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is blamed by some for rising rents and clogged city streets, Bill Gates is largely admired for helping lead the computing revolution and for the billions he donates through his philanthropy. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

  • In this Dec. 4, 2017, photo, the shadow of the Space Needle falls across the campus of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with Lake Union behind, in Seattle. The Seattle region is home to the two richest men in America, but while Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is blamed by some for rising rents and clogged city streets, Bill Gates is largely admired for helping lead the computing revolution and for the billions he donates through his philanthropy. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • In this April 16, 2018, file photo, Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, talks to the media after a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris. The Seattle region is home to the two richest men in America, but while Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is blamed by some for rising rents and clogged city streets, Gates is largely admired for helping lead the computing revolution and for the billions he donates through his philanthropy. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

SEATTLE — The Seattle region is home to America’s two richest men, but their local legacies to date represent two very different eras for the city.

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