Seattle: Selected Resources



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Social & Ethnic Issues:

  • Indymedia Indymedia is a collective of independent media organizations and hundreds of journalists offering grassroots, non-corporate, non-commercial coverage of important social and political issues in Seattle and worldwide.

  • Census 2000: The Central Area: Seattle's changing heart Seattle Times, July 22, 2001; By Florangela Davila and The Central Area is now home to fewer African Americans than at any other time in the past 30 years, a slide from about 16,000 to 9,400 blacks. In the last decade alone, according to the 2000 census, the African-American population plummeted 20 percent. Of the 26,000 residents here, 43 percent are white. Blacks account for 32 percent; Asian or Pacific Islanders, 10 percent; and Hispanics, 8 percent.

  • The 2000 Census: Races are still living apart here, data show: Seattle segregation more entrenched than in many cities Seattle PI: Tuesday, April 10, 2001 By LISE OLSEN Seattle remains a highly segregated city where whites and minorities live in neighborhoods apart, according to 2000 Census data and a new national study.

  • Historical Context [Soul of America] Although black explorers to the Washington area date as far back as York, who accompanied Lewis and Clark on there expedition in the Pacific Northwest region from 1803-1806, Blacks began settling in Seattle in 1858....

    Seattle Public Schools. Desegregation Planning Office The Seattle plan for eliminating racial imbalance by the 1979-80 school year / Seattle Public Schools, Desegregation Planning Office [Seattle : SPS, 1977] [ LB3062 .S428 1977 ]

  • Morrill, Richard L., Racial segregation and class in a liberal metropolis, Geographical-Analysis. 1995. 27(1), pp 22-41. "As overt racial discrimination lessens and the social and economic status of minorities rises, segregation by class should become more and segregation by race less prominent ... Even in the ostensibly liberal Seattle, race is found to remain vastly stronger than class for blacks, and even somewhat stronger for Asians." (Author)

  • Morrill, Richard L., The Negro Ghetto: Problems and Alternatives, Geographcial Review, 55 (1965) 339-361. Bobbs-Merrill reprint and in several books of readings.

Newspaper Clippings:

  • Changing Urban Vision for Seattle: [Congestion, Highrise Living, Comparison with Vancouver and Portland] Seattle Times Northwest Magazine, Dec 2002 - February 2003 Series The series: A region shaped by adventurers and innovators is once again undergoing great change. In this ongoing series, Pacific Northwest magazine explores the forces of that change and its significance to our future as a community.

  • Seattle's long road back: Return to economic health won't be rapid Seattle Times, August 18, 2002 By Stephen H. Dunphy 'Dick Conway, a Seattle economist, says it may be the middle of 2005 before the number of jobs reaches the peak hit at the end of 2000, or 1,735,000 jobs in King, Snohomish, Piece and Kitsap counties. "If that forecast holds true," Conway said, "it will be the worst recovery from a recession we have ever had."'

  • Seattle Reboots Its Future: The leaders of the city that Bill Boeing and Bill Gates built are asking what it will take to thrive in the 21st century., May 2001. by Scott Kirsner
    Sidebar: Seattle's Real Aftershocks

  • A bumpy ride: Seattle's economic booms, busts, and comebacks Seattle Times, April 20, 2001; By Walter Crowley and the staff of HistoryLink Special to The Seattle Times The news hit Seattle like a punch to its civic solar plexus. A giant corporation was dumping it for another city. Community plans and individual hopes were crushed, and some wondered if Seattle had a future at all. This message of doom was not Boeing's March 21, 2001, announcement that it would depart its corporate nest of 85 years, but a terse telegram from executives of the Northern Pacific Railroad to Seattle founder Arthur Denny. It arrived on July 14, 1873, and read simply, "We have located the terminus on Commencement Bay."

  • "The Sun Also Sets on Seattle as It Begins to Lose Its Grip on Its Destiny" LA Times, April 6, 2001 by J.Balzar. I beg to differ. LA's recession follwing the aerospace slump of the early 1990's sent that region into an unprecedented recession. On the other hand, during my recent visit it seemed that Seattlites are all too happy to be rid of Boeing's corporate brass

  • San Francisco plans to learn from Seattle
    Join the Mayor on the Chamber's CityTrip to Seattle Join Mayor Brown and other public officials, as well as some of San Francisco's most dynamic business leaders, on the third San Francisco Chamber of Commerce CityTrip, to Seattle, Wash., which will take place Sept. 20-23, 2000.

  • Soul searching: Responses to the question 'What's happened to Seattle's soul?' Seattle Times, April 3, 2000, 10:47 p.m. Pacific
    What's Happened to Seattle's Soul? We posed that question in a five-part series,...
    • New wealth and the changing of Seattle, Seattle Times, April 3, 2000, by Christine A. Lindquist Special to The Seattle Times
      "... a friend tells me another in a long list of Microsoft horror stories: A new millionaire spends tens of thousands of dollars on Italian tile for his condo bathroom, which, after being installed outside of his exacting specifications, he demands to have ripped out and re-installed. Did I mention the shelter needs some toilet paper and hand soap?"
  • City may tap into bottled-water craze Seattle Times, Tuesday, June 23, 1998 by Janet I-Chin Tu
    "...The Seattle City Council yesterday passed a resolution authorizing Seattle Public Utilities to hire an expert to determine the feasibility of bottling and selling Seattle's drinking water. "Seattle's water - our drinking water - is pure enough to bottle...,"
  • Downtown's changing face [Seattle Times, Feb.23, 1997] From Pioneer Square to the Denny Regrade and the waterfront to Interstate 5, Downtown Seattle is in the midst of a $1 billion building boom that promises to change the city's profile just as fundamentally as a crop of modern office high-rises did in the 1980s.
  • Jean Godden column: Cross-border battle of two No. 1 cities [Seattle Times, Feb.23, 1997] Seattle's latest claim to fame, selection as Fortune magazine's No. 1 American city, has attracted a challenge. The contender is Toronto, Fortune's No. 1 pick among cities outside the United States.


Crutchfield, James A., It Happened in Washington. Guilford, Conn.: Globe Piquot Press, 1999.

Gordon, M.T., H.G.Locke, L.McCutcheon, and W.B.Stafford, "Seattle: Grassroots Politics Shaping the Environment," in: H.V. Savitch & J.C.Thomas, eds., City Politics in Transition. Urban Affair Reviews, vol. 28.

Guterson, David. Snow Falling on Cedars. (Novel) 1994/1998.

Karlinsey, Laura and Sherri Schultz. Seattle City Walks: Exploring Seattle Neighborhoods on Foot. Edition: Paperback - June, 2003 Publisher: Sasquatch Books.

MacDonald, Norbert. Distant Neighbors: A Comparative History of Seattle & Vancouver. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1987. ["Cities, like people, are alike in some respects and different in others." Asa Briggs, Victorian Cities]

Moody, Fred. Seattle and the Demons of Ambition. N.Y.: St.Martin's Press, 2003.

Morgan, Maury, The Skid Road: An Informal Portrait of Seattle. Seattle: UW Press, 1951.

Ochsner, Jeffrey Karl, ed., Shaping Seattle Architecture: A Historical Guide to the Architects. 416pp.

Osterhoff, Frank (1999): Regionale Innovations- und Technologiepolitik im Grossraum Seattle. In: Kommunalverband Ruhrgebiet. Fachbereich Oeffentlichkeitsarbeit und Regionalmarketing (Hrsg.) Regionale Wirtschaftsfoerderung im internationalen Vergleich. S. 4 - 29. Essen: KVR. ISBN 3-932165-20-9

Paul, Charlotte. Seattle. (Novel), 1986

Raban, Jonathan. Waxwings : A novel Edition: Hardcover - 30 September, 2003 Publisher: Pantheon Books

"... As one of the youngest metropolitan areas in the United States, if not all the "first world" countries, Seattle is an isolated beacon for those who dream of reinventing themselves. Talking to recent immigrants, you often get the feeling that they moved to Seattle simply because it was the furthest distance they could drive from their old lives without leaving the country..."

Sale, Roger. Seeing Seattle, 294pp. [Photographer: Randlett]

Sale, Roger. Seattle: Past to Present. University of Washington Press, 1976.

Sommers, Paul and Carlson, Daniel. 2000. "The New Economy in Metropolitan Seattle: High Tech Firm Location Decisions Within the Metropolitan Landscape." Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington, Seattle WA. Report for: The Brookings Institution Center on Urban and Metropolitan Affairs, Washington DC. Stewart, Colin. 2000.

found that some fifty percent of high-technology firms and employment in Seattle is located in a high- amenity district surrounding the urban core. There is growing concern that high- technology firms and industries are displacing bohemian enclaves in cities like New York and San Francisco.

Seattle Excursion & Field Trip:

  • General Resources

  • Seattle's Corporations
  • Boeing Resources

  • Seattle Sites & Locations
    • Urban Villages in Seattle and Surroundings:
      • Another urban village appears in the making Seattle Times, November 12, 1999 by Mike Lindblom Seattle Times Eastside bureau Another Issaquah hillside will probably become an urban village soon. With virtually no opposition, the City Council is expected to approve an agreement Monday night for the East Village project, placing 1,700 homes and an office complex on a Cougar Mountain slope. Construction likely will begin next spring. Most homes would be condominiums and apartments, and at least 100 affordable homes would be built in cooperation with nonprofit groups.


    • Gentrification & Homelessness
      • Gentrification & Displacement All over the country, the cycle of gentrification is displacing lower-income residents. In most American cities, as sociologist William Julius Wilson has argued, de-industrialization and the ascendancy of the information age have inverted traditional structures of urban life. With most factory jobs shipped abroad or lost to automation, professional white-collar jobs and low-paid service jobs with few benefits are taking their place. Meanwhile, white-collar workers eager for convenience and a happening neighborhood are flocking back to the central cities.

        "In Seattle, almost every neighborhood has been gentrified and the (former residents) forced into the suburbs or crowded into pockets of poverty," Fox says. "We're following in the steps of San Francisco."

      • Stations of the Cross (in Seattle) Real Change July 1, 2000

      • Gentrification is in full swing PI, August 30, 1997 By MARK HIGGINS

      • Funky Fremont grapples with growth, gentrification: The quirky neighborhood's affordable housing may be a thing of the past. Puget Sound Business Journal, Dec. 10, 1999. By Paul Freeman Contributing Writer With its oversized statue of Lenin, Volkswagen-devouring troll and the artwork of stone commuters called "Waiting for the Interurban," Fremont, which describes itself as the "center of the universe," is one of Seattle's quirkiest neighborhoods.

    • (Ethnic) Shopping & Malls
      • Seattle Shopping
      • Retail forecast: ethnic malls and urban villages Daily Journal of Commerce By RICHARD MUHLEBACH (TRF Management) Retail properties have a greater impact on a community than any other property type. A new or rehabbed shopping center or the addition of a major retailer often becomes a catalyst for additional neighborhood development. A successful retail development usually is the stimulus for another retail project, which then becomes the stimulus for yet another retail project and on and on.

        Two new types of shopping centers are developed every decade. The new shopping centers of the 90s are lifestyle centers such as Redmond Town Center, University Village and Crossroads Mall and entertainment centers like the soon-to-open Bellevue Galleria. The new or hot retail projects for the first decade of the 21st century will be urban villages and ethnic malls.

        The first ethnic mall in the Seattle area is under construction in Kent. A former 100,000-square-foot Home Base building is being converted into the Great Wall Shopping Mall. A very popular and successful California Asian supermarket, Ranch 99 Market, will anchor the mall which will have several Asian restaurants and unique specialty stores.

    • Gated Communities:

    • Belltown & Harbor Steps:
      • Lessons from Portland: Seattle's Belltown and Regrade neighborhoods could benefit from innovations down south and elsewhere; Seattle Times, Sunday, December 16, 2001 (Home / Real Estate) One of the most interesting trends in the past decade is the resurgence of neighborhoods within older, mature downtowns. Almost every major city on the West Coast has seen its central core flanked by one or more new or revitalized neighborhoods. In some cases, these are found in places that previously would have not been seen by anyone as being desirable places to live.

      • Harbor Steps Finds Downtown Living Is Hot Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce Feb 28, 1997; BY BENJAMIN MINNICK Construction editor The first phase of the Harbor Steps apartment development helped connect downtown Seattle to the waterfront with its expansive staircase park. Now, with the second phase coming on line, the project is expected to take on a new role -- to help transform downtown into a 24-hour community.
      • HARBOR STEPS HELPS COMPLETE A CITY Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, Nov. 7, 1996. BY DAVID HEWITT Hewitt Isley Harbor Steps has been the dream of Stimson Bullitt and Harbor Development for over two decades.
        That dream includes the steps themselves and surrounding housing. The steps are a linkage and catalyst for the neighborhood and for the adjacent buildings, which have always been conceived of as quality rental housing for a wide range of incomes in the center of Seattle.
        Phase One of Harbor Steps, which includes the West Tower, contains 270,000 square feet, including parking and l67 apartments. Phase Two, the East Tower, contains 484,000 square feet including parking and 305 apartments and inn units. Apartments range from studios to penthouse suites with high-quality finishes.
      • Harbor Steps, Seattle The simple life is here at Harbor Steps. Let us take care of the details for you. Luxury and space, comfort and convenience. Harbor Steps offers a thoughtfully planned and designed apartment community in the heart of downtown Seattle. Our fully wired community provides residents easy access to community news and information.
          Harbor Steps: Executive Residence 1221, 1st Avenue, Seattle, Elegant Downtown Seattle living. Located in the heart of Downtown Seattle distance to Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square and the Seattle Waterfront. Harbor Steps has secured entrances and secured underground parking. Enjoy the amenities of a State-of-the-art weight and exercise room, Indoor Swimming Pool & Spa.
      • Harbor Steps (Photos + Guide) Harbor Steps is a clever way to turn a sidewalk on a hill into the like of Rome Spanish Steps. Joining Western Avenue on the waterfront with First Avenue and the Seattle Art Museum above, the 16,000 square foot staircase features eight waterfall fountains and extensive plantings. The Steps attract office workers taking their lunch break in the inviting seating area. Shoppers come here for a rest while enjoying the city scenes. The grand staircase also makes it a great event venue, with an unmatched view.
      • What's next for Harbor Steps? Pay Attention Staff Report Puget Sound Business Journal January 21, 2000. Pay Attention, a catalog merchant with a single store in San Francisco, has pegged Seattle as its first expansion market. The outdoor clothing merchant will open a store Feb. 1 on First Avenue in the Harbor Steps retail development. Pay Attention will occupy about 1,700 square feet in the former Three Furies space. Gifts merchant Three Furies closed in July.

    • Port of Seattle & Duwamish (Ports & Marine Transportation)
      • Port of Seattle
        • Maps!
        • Bell Street Cruise Terminal
          • U.S. Passenger Services Act of 1886 No foreign vessel shall transport passengers between ports or places in the United States, either directly or by way of a foreign port, under a penalty of $200 for each passenger so transported and landed.
          • JONES: A Hard Act to Follow by Alan Walker Jones Misnomer: The US law that can make life difficult for a cruiser dates from 113 years ago, and is called the "Passenger Services Act," but Senator Wesley L. Jones, who sponsored a 1920 Merchant Marine Act amendment relating to the shipping of MERCHANDISE, not passengers, has unfairly been tagged as the author of the restrictions on what a foreign cruise ship may do or not do in US waters. The basic rule is that "foreign" ships may not carry passengers (whether Americans or others) between US ports, subject to certain exceptions.
          • , January 11, 2000 Eastside aims to catch wave of tourists by Monica Soto Because most modern-day cruise ships are made in foreign countries, the Jones Act ruled Seattle out of the market. The ever-popular Alaskan cruises embarked from Vancouver, B.C., instead, because the cruise ships weren't fast enough to make standard seven-day round trips between Seattle and Alaska, while making the mandatory stops at a foreign port in between.

            That changed when the Norwegian Cruise Line unveiled what it touted as the world's fastest cruise ship, the Norwegian Sky. The 853-foot-long, 2,002-passenger ship travels at 23 knots - fast enough to make a round trip from Seattle to Skagway, Alaska, in a week, including a stop in Vancouver.

        Odyssey: The Maritime Discovery Center

        2205 Alaskan Way, Pier 66, the Bell Street Pier, on Seattle's central waterfront, between the Edgewater Inn and Anthony's Pier 66 restaurant.

      • Duwamish Coalition

      • Duwamish Project The Duwamish Project is a non-profit organization committed to the health and well-being of the Duwamish River and its watershed. It is our mission to restore waterways to their natural state by monitoring the creeks, documenting the improvements and volunteering our time. We will also help educate people about the importance of their watershed and facilitate the sharing of knowledge about creek restoration.

      • King County Brownfields Initiatives King County and the City of Seattle are taking action to further the cleanup and redevelopment of vacant or underutilized industrial or commercial contaminated sites in King technology at the Birmingham Steel Corporation (NYSE: BIR) mill in Seattle, Wa., this fall, which will save the steel mill in excess of $1 million annually primarily through lower maintenance costs and improved productivity. County. Based on the work of the Duwamish Coalition, King County and the City of Seattle have been designated as a Brownfield Showcase Community by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This Federal designation makes our community a priority for receipt of Federal resources to clean up and redevelop contaminated properties, or "brownfields."

      • Industry in the Duwamish: Aerospace, Shipbuilding etc. In the nation, as well as the region, the shipbuilding industry has suffered more than a decade-long decline. Increased international competition and a long-term glut of shipbuilding capacity has led to shipyard closures around the world. Slow to adopt new technologies used by international competitors, large U.S. shipbuilders in the 1980's became increasingly dependent on Navy contracts. With defense department cut-backs in the 90's, the industry has shrunk even further. The Duwamish's largest builder, Lockheed, permanently closed in 1987.

    • Steel Manufacturing in Seattle (HistoryLink)
      • Birmingham Steel Corporation -- Seattle Plant
      • Birmingham Steel Installs Praxair Technology In Seattle, Coherent JetTM Technology Expected to Boost Productivity, Lower Maintenance Costs DANBURY, Conn., September 14, 1998 -- Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) today announced it will install its patent-pending Praxair Coherent Jet Technology at the Birmingham Steel Corporation (NYSE: BIR) mill in Seattle, Wa., this fall, which will save the steel mill in excess of $1 million annually primarily through lower maintenance costs and improved productivity.
      • From sea to shining sea: The growth of Birmingham Steel The minimill company wants to increase annual revenues from $832 million to $2 billion in the next five years. Honda tests SBQ produced by Birmingham in Ohio. Robert Garvey, the chairman and CEO of Birmingham Steel, wants to double the company's revenues in the next five years.

        Clean water in Seattle: Amid urban Seattle, Birmingham produces 600,000 tons of rebar and merchant products each year. The Seattle facility sells steel to all the customers previously served by four Birmingham mills in the region. In 1987, the company acquired a melt shop and rebar operation in Emeryville, Calif. During the late 1980s, Birmingham bought a melt shop in Kent, Wash., and a rolling mill in Ballard, Wash. In 1993, Birmingham bought a melt shop from Seattle Steel. It shut down Emeryville, Kent, and Ballard and added rolling capacity to the former Seattle Steel operation.

    • Selected Environmental Issues and Strategies:

      Subject: Living costs in Seattle
      From: The Seattle Times, Business & Technology: Thursday, November 14,
      Stephen Dunphy / Times staff columnist
      "Another list puts the Seattle area fourth in the nation for cost of
      living for professionals and managers. The list is put together by 
      a nonprofit association of community and economic-development researchers.
      The quarterly ranking is followed closely by economic-development agencies
      and companies considering relocating.
      Seattle trailed San Francisco, New York and Newark, N.J., in the report.
      San Francisco bumped New York off the top spot. The report puts expenses
      in Seattle 48.2 percent above average. Houston, by comparison, was 8.4
      percent below average.
      Seattle ranked highest among 29 of the largest metro areas in health-care
      costs and was one of five cities with housing costs two times the national

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