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Seattle Times news librarian Gene Balk crunches the numbers

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July 25, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Interactive map: What your neighborhood says about you

The Nielsen Company just might know more about your neighbors than you do. The market-research giant can look at any neighborhood in America and — using a system of 66 demographic categories that they’ve developed — tell all sorts of things about the folks who live there. If you reside on Capitol Hill, for example, it’s likely you’re a “Bohemian Mix” —…



April 7, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Rehab counselor? Some jobs stand out in Wash. city statistics

Click to enlarge Here in the barony of Boeing, Seattle can boast the highest concentration of aerospace jobs compared with any other metro area in the land. But what of other cities in our state? What occupations best characterize them? Answers can be gleaned from last week’s release of the 2013 “Occupational Employment Statistics” by the Bureau…



August 27, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Apartment shares on the rise as Seattle rents soar

June Songtantaruk in her Capitol Hill studio apartment that she shares with a friend. (Photo: Gene Balk/The Seattle Times) Any married couple would find living in a 500-square-foot studio apartment to be a tight squeeze — but imagine sharing a space that small with a friend. June Songtantaruk can tell you all about it. The 22-year-old moved…



July 31, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Survey: Seattle women most likely to swoon over a well-dressed man

Seattle women showed a lot more love for tailored "John" (right)  than off-the-rack "John" (left)

Seattle women showed six times more love for bespoke “John” (right) than off-the-rack “John” (left) on OKCupid. (Photo: Courtesy of Arden Reed)

Here’s a tip for single guys in Seattle: A little style goes a long, long way.

A new survey suggests that single women in our infamously dressed-down city simply can’t resist a man in a well-tailored suit.

New York-based menswear firm Arden Reed conducted the (admittedly unscientific) study in collaboration with dating site OKCupid.  Sets of online profiles were created featuring the same man.  These profiles were identical but for one small detail: in one, the guy was pictured wearing a baggy, off-the-rack suit; in the other, he was wearing a perfectly-tailored one.


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June 20, 2013 at 10:51 AM

What really killed the Egyptian?

Egyptian Theater (Photo: Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times)

Egyptian Theatre (Photo: Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times)

Capitol Hill is getting used to bad news.

In the past year, a handful of cherished neighborhood institutions have left, or are preparing to leave: Bauhaus Coffee, B&O Espresso, the Canterbury, the Bus Stop—and now add the Egyptian Theatre to the casualty list.

Landmark Theatres, which has operated the Egyptian since 1989, announced this week that it would close the art-house cinema.

As Capitol Hill gentrifies, trendy new restaurants and bars are popping up on every corner.  But the funky, older establishments that give the neighborhood its character are vanishing, one by one.  As a commenter on the Seattle Times article about the Egyptian’s closure quipped: “Will the last place with personality on Capitol Hill please turn out the lights?”

So is gentrification to blame for the loss of the Egyptian?  Apparently not.  The old Masonic Hall that houses the cinema isn’t being redeveloped into some upscale mixed-use project like so much of Capitol Hill.  No, the truth may be even more difficult to swallow.



April 3, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Green commuting: How does your neighborhood stack up?


(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

How green are Seattle commuters?  The answer depends on the neighborhood.

On average, about 47 percent of Seattle residents embrace an alternative to drive-alone commuting, such as public transit, walking, carpooling, working from home or cycling.  But from neighborhood to neighborhood, that figure varies dramatically.

In three centrally located Seattle neighborhoods — Downtown, First Hill, and the Chinatown International District — more than 75 percent of the residents green commute to their jobs.  The University District is just slightly behind.  Those percentages are on par with New York City, which has the highest rate of green commuting of any big U.S. city.

Other Seattle neighborhoods, however, are at the opposite end of the spectrum.  In bottom-ranked west Magnolia, only about a quarter of residents get to work in something other than a single-occupancy vehicle.  That’s about the same rate as the national average.  Not so green.

How does your neighborhood stack up?  You can find out on the interactive map below, which was created using 2012 estimates from data provider Experian.  Just roll your mouse over the circle to see the percentage of green commuters in each Seattle neighborhood:



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