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Topic: gentrification

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December 10, 2014 at 6:30 AM

No gentrification in Seattle? A new study makes the case

Click to enlarge It’s a familiar story in Seattle: Well-paid young professionals move into the neighborhood, property values and rents spike, and suddenly everything goes upscale. As the character of our neighborhoods transform — and just last week we learned that Capitol Hill’s beloved art-house cinema Harvard Exit is closing, sold off to a developer — the…


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February 14, 2014 at 10:59 AM

‘Yuppie playgrounds’? Where gentrification is hottest in Seattle

Anti-gentrification protesters blocking a Microsoft Connector bus on Capitol Hill (Photo courtesy Sean Maguire, @maguiresean on twitter) 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…


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April 24, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Can aPodments save Capitol Hill?

Luxury finishes: A kitchen in the new Lyric Apartments on Broadway

Luxury finishes: A kitchen in the new Lyric Apartments on Broadway

Capitol Hill is booming, and not just with those low-rent aPodments that are causing so much controversy, as The Seattle Times reports.

Stroll through the neighborhood, down Broadway or around Pike/Pine.  It’s teeming with new, market-rate apartment buildings.  Stainless appliances and quartz counter tops abound.  If you’re looking to rent a $1,400 studio apartment, you won’t have any trouble finding one here.  That is, in fact, the average going rate for a Capitol Hill studio now, according to real-estate firm Zillow.

The neighborhood has gone upscale, a word that you would not have used to describe this part of the Hill until recently.


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Funky, hip, gay, artsy, young?  Sure.  Upscale?  No.


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