Is Seattle a racially diverse city? We certainly value the principle of diversity here. But many people would probably answer that question “No” because — let’s face it — for a big American city, Seattle is pretty white (65 percent, according to the most-recent census data). And in fact, according to a well-known measure of diversity, Seattle…More
Earlier this week, two masked men blocked a Microsoft employee shuttle on Capitol Hill, an act inspired by the recent “Google bus” protests in San Francisco. The Capitol Hill Blog reported that the men handed out fliers condemning the neighborhood’s transformation into an ”upscale yuppie playground” for tech workers, and the skyrocketing rents that are displacing less-affluent, longtime residents – in…More
How bad is the plight of the Seattle renter?
As reported in The Seattle Times, spiking rents have forced many tenants out of their neighborhoods, or out of the city altogether.
But as dire as the rental situation is here, new data suggest that it could be much worse. In fact, according to a commonly-used indicator of affordability, renters in Seattle are faring better than those in any other major U.S. city.More
Did the Seattle City Council race between incumbent Richard Conlin and challenger Kshama Sawant reveal a deep fissure between rich and poor in Seattle?
Looking at a map of the election results, it certainly seems to tell a “Tale of Two Cities,” as The Stranger called it. Conlin, considered the establishment candidate, handily won nearly all the well-heeled waterfront neighborhoods, while the socialist Sawant ran strong in Seattle’s less-wealthy interior.
But just how close was this correlation between election results and the wealth gap?More
Capitol Hill is so five-years-ago. Ballard? Over. No, the skinny-jeans crowd has moved on to…Bellevue.
That’s if we’re to believe the real-estate data firm RealtyTrac, which placed Bellevue’s 98007 — home to Bellevue College — among the top-10 up-and-coming hipster ZIP codes in the U.S.
The data crunchers at RealtyTrac went looking for nascent hipster neighborhoods in order to identify the best areas for real-estate investment. Apparently, hipsters are great for property values: “Thanks to an influx of trendy restaurants, bars, coffee shops and other amenities,” RealtyTrac’s news release says, “a neighborhood branded as hipster is likely to see property values and rental rates rise while vacancies and foreclosures decline.”More
Move over, San Francisco.
Seattle now has the highest concentration of gay-couple households among America’s large cities.
Recently-released estimates from the Census Bureau show that in 2012, 2.6 percent of Seattle households were gay couples. That is the highest percentage among the 50 most populous cities in the United States.
San Francisco, which had held the top spot since the Census Bureau began counting same-sex couples in 2000, ranked second with 2.5 percent of all households.
It’s a sharp reversal from previous census estimates. In 2011, San Francisco had 2.4 percent gay-couple households to Seattle’s 1.7.
We are still No. 2 to San Francisco, however, for the percentage of gay-male households. But Seattle claimed the top city for the percentage of lesbian couples by a relatively wide margin. With lesbian couples making up 1.2 percent of households in 2012, Seattle was the only large city to exceed 1 percent.More
Think the Seattle-Portland rivalry is limited to Major League Soccer?
But forget the petty squabbling. Ultimately, it all boils down to one simple question: where would you rather live — Seattle or Portland? And on that front, Seattle has been on a winning streak.More
Move over, Amazonians. There’s a new group in town staking claim to Seattle’s trendiest neighborhoods — and they’re the same age as your parents.
Welcome the baby boomers.
According to the Wall Street Journal, in Seattle and a few other cities, realtors and developers have noticed a new trend: There’s been an uptick in boomer-age folks buying high-end condos in hip, urban neighborhoods — areas typically populated by a much younger demographic.
But the boomers want in.More
For proudly progressive Seattle, the news was a bombshell.
A report released in April revealed that our metropolitan area has the widest gender pay gap in the country. Women here earn 73 cents for every dollar earned by men.
Response has been swift. The Seattle City Council and Mayor Mike McGinn have taken steps to address wage inequality among city employees. Councilmember Jean Godden plans to introduce legislation to remedy the gender pay gap citywide. And candidates in the upcoming Seattle mayoral election were even questioned about the issue in one recent debate.
The city of Seattle has certainly taken its last-place ranking to heart, so this may come as a surprise to many Seattleites: The city did not, in fact, rank last.
The report on gender pay looked at the 50 largest metropolitan areas — not cities — and it is the Seattle metro that ranked last. The Seattle metro encompasses all of King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. It includes the cities of Tacoma, Bellevue, Everett and all the rest. With a population of 3.5 million, it is a much larger area than just Seattle.More
Starting over in a new city is stressful, even more so if you don’t have friends there already. You have a million questions — who can you turn to for recommendations and advice?
For anyone moving to Seattle and needing information, one great resource is Reddit, the online social media community. Seattle has one of the most active city “sub-reddits,” and newcomers often post questions for locals about life in the Emerald City.
This week, one couple who are in the process of relocating to Seattle posed an unexpected question to the Reddit community. The couple asked for help finding a neighborhood where they won’t have to deal with kids:More