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July 2, 2013 at 7:41 AM

Tuesday memo: Renters paying more … Hockey dreams … Snobby in Seattle

Good morning. Yes, it is and will be cooler than yesterday.

Heat wave easing up? The hot weather seems to have peaked and our usual summer 70s are on the way. The forecast0702

Renters can’t catch a break: Despite lots of new apartment construction, rents in King and Snohomish counties continue to increase, while vacancies remain low.  Take a look at reporter Colin Campbell’s story to see how your rent compares to the average and what’s ahead in the rental market.

Hockey hopes: The Glendale (Arizona) City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on an arena lease agreement with the prospective owners of the Coyotes. If the council approves the deal, the Coyotes will stay in Arizona. If not … oh, gosh, are we going to go through this … the Coyotes could be headed here. Reporter Percy Allen has the story.

Might your bus route be cut? King County Metro Transit has said it would have to cut service if the Legislature didn’t act on a proposal to allow a county tax on the ballot. The Legislature didn’t act, and transportation reporter Mike Lindblom checks on the latest budget situation and what may be ahead for bus riders.

You think you’re better than me? Well, according to a survey of the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine, Seattle residents think they’re better than most, tying with Santa Fe as the fifth snobbiest city in the country. The magazine said that in weighing relative snobbery, it considered: “a reputation for aloof and smarty-pants residents, along with high-end shopping and highbrow cultural offerings like classical music and theater. But we also considered 21st-century definitions of elitism: “tech-savviness, artisan coffeehouses, and a conspicuous eco-consciousness (say, the kind of city where you get a dirty look for throwing your coffee cup in the wrong bin).” Sound like any place you know? Seattle Times  FYI Guy Gene Balk asks if you think Seattle is a snobby city and to comment or take part in a poll.

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