Seattle: Selected Resources
- Seattle Public
Access Directory [and Search]
- Seattle City Search
[Events by calendar and types]
About.com's Seattle/Tacoma Page former Mining Co.
- Yahoo's Seattle Guide
- MS Sidewalk: Seattle
- Town Hall Seattle
opened in 1999, is located in a 1922 building on
Seattle's historic First Hill. ...
Town Hall is home to many of Seattle's fine cultural and civic
organizations, which use the facility for a busy schedule of concerts,
lectures, meetings, and fundraising events. ...
A nonprofit organization with deep roots in Seattle's civic life operates
the building and is overseeing its renovation from a former church to a
multidisciplinary performance and meeting space.
- (Local) Web
Directory of PUGET SOUND COMPUTER USER
- Seanet Yellow Web Pages
- Seattle (The Emerald
- "Living in Seattle"
(Chamber of Commerce)
The Metropolitan New Economy Index -- Seattle |
[Progressive Policy Institute]
Seattle Profile (Fed. Reserve Bank of SF)
- Seattle Housing & Real
Consumer Expenditure Survey for Seattle (BLS)
- SeattleOnline, the
Greater Seattle Area's official web site.
We're building an interactive, online neighborhood that is growing daily.
- Friends of the Monorail
["Seattle voters approved the Monorail Initiative. Our job is to ensure
that it gets built."]
- Seattle School
GuideWelcome to the most comprehensive report ever published on
the public and private K-12 schools of the greater Seattle area.
The Seattle Times School Guide is presented in two
sections, the K-9 guide and the High school guide."
- Seattle Bookmarks
[From Animals to Web Desogn]
1993 Seattle Industrial Land Base Study
[Commissioned by the Seattle Industrial Development Corporation
and Produced by Berk & Associates, Inc.]
We are very pleased to offer you the Final Report of the 1993 Seattle
Industrial Land Base Study. This study was
commissioned by the Seattle Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) on
March 11, 1993, and conducted with the
assistance of the City of Seattle, Port of Seattle, and King County
Internet Providers (Seattle)
Seattle Area Corporations (Resources):
High-Technology Resources and Links:
- Literature: Seattle Economy
- Puget Sound Business
Journal [with Search Engine] [http://www.amcity.com/seattle/]
Search Engine of the Seattle Times
- Economic Resources for the
Washington State Economic Development Network [http://www.econd.org/]
- Software Industry
- Microsoft-Related Resources
- Washington Software Alliance
The mission of the Washington Software Alliance is to help
people in software and digital media companies succeed.
The WSA's vision is to
make Washington state the information technologies
center of the world.
The Washington Software Alliance relies heavily on the
volunteer leadership and
expertise of our members to help us meet our goals and
objectives. Find out more
about opportunities and rewards from volunteering at
Regional Development Organizations for Puget Sound Region
- Northwest Policy
The Program in Entrepreneurship and Innovation's mission at the
University of Washington Business School is to advance
entrepreneurial education - the process of
discovery, invention, development, and
commercialization that leads to a new venture,
product, or service, and creates value for a
start-up, early-stage, or established firm -
throughout the University of Washington. PEI
provides state-of-the-art knowledge and
curriculum, action learning experiences, and
participation in the Northwest's
- Washington Technology
The Technology Alliance
"... was formed in 1996 as a result of the
Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce Conference,
which focused on the need to nurture the
technology-based businesses in Washington state.
- The Alliance of
"... is a program of the Technology Alliance, a
non-profit organization formed in 1995 and dedicated to
nurturing the growth of technology-based companies in Washington State.
Availability of capital is critical for the formation and growth of these
companies, and many are forced to seek venture financing outside the
Center for Emerging Technologies [http://www.nwcet.bcc.ctc.edu/]
Its mission "is to advance Information Technology
education to produce the versatile knowledge workers of the future. This
mission will be achieved by:
- Forging dynamic partnerships among business, education and government;
- Developing model IT degree and certificate programs offering education
for students entering the job market, and training for those upgrading
- Developing IT educational products and services, including distributed
and on line learning applications, to support the model degree and
- Serving as a national clearinghouse for advanced Information
Technology education, including certification of IT Skills Standards.
- The Economic
Development Council of Seattle & King County
- Reaching Out to
Small Businesses: Seattle Public Library makes connections
City's technology growth keeps pace with suburbs:
A new study shows that Seattle has fared better than other cities across
the country; by George Erb
Seattle, unlike other cities nationwide, is keeping up with the suburbs
when it comes to attracting high-tech companies.
A new study by the Daniel Evans School of Public Affairs at the University
of Washington shows that Seattle's high-tech sector kept pace with the
Eastside by growing 35 percent during the go-go years of the late 1990s.
The study by Paul Sommers and Daniel Carlson also noted that high-tech
companies tend to cluster together. And the researchers used the
experience of Seattle and the Eastside to suggest ways for cities to
attract high-tech firms.
Education and Training
Biz schools innovate in entrepreneurship
Puget Sound Business Journal,
November 3, 1997, by Nancy J. Kim
The University of Washington Business School is orchestrating a
business plan competition, awarding a
yet-undetermined amount of seed capital to the most promising
It's a new initiative by the Business School's Program in
Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which offers
courses in new-venture creation."
STATE THE TECHNOLOGY ALLIANCE]
"This Report has been prepared as part of an effort by the
Technology Alliance ("TA") to
promote the development of a world-class communications
network in Washington State.
Other organizations in Washington State are involved in
similar efforts. For example, the
GovernorTask Force") issued a report
on similar issues in April 1996 entitled, "Building the Road
Infrastructure in Washington State." Cities and counties have
undertaken their own
initiatives. The TA desires to contribute to rather than
supersede these efforts."
Scottish Parliament: Official Report, Vol 11, No 09,
Wednesday 9 February 2000.
The Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning
"... Mention of John McLelland and high technology leads me to the
issue of the digital revolution and the importance of
e-commerce. E-commerce is transforming the global economy and has huge
implications for a nation such as Scotland. We talk about
being on the geographical periphery of Europe, but I have often
wondered about that. Who would have chosen to put a company such as
Boeing or Microsoft in Seattle? However, the impact of
e-commerce is even more dramatic than that. Who here can tell
me where amazon.com operates from? From north America, yes --
but from which city?..."
Social & Ethnic Issues:
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.
The Central Area: Seattle's changing heart
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
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.
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.
FastCompany.com, 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
Special to The Seattle Times
The news hit Seattle like a punch to its civic solar
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
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
1990's sent that region into an unprecedented recession. On the other
during my recent visit it seemed that Seattlites are all too happy to be
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
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,
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
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.
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,
Morgan, Maury, The Skid Road: An Informal Portrait of Seattle. Seattle: UW
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.
Paul, Charlotte. Seattle. (Novel), 1986
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
Sale, Roger. Seeing Seattle, 294pp. [Photographer: Randlett]
Sale, Roger. Seattle: Past to Present. University of Washington Press,
Sommers, Paul and Carlson, Daniel. 2000. "The New Economy in
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
technology firms and industries are displacing bohemian enclaves in cities
like New York and San Francisco.
Seattle Excursion & Field Trip:
Seattle Sites & Locations
- Urban Villages in Seattle and Surroundings:
Another urban village appears in the
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
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
Seattle Growth Report 2000: HOUSING GROWTH IN URBAN CENTER AND URBAN
- 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,
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
Retail forecast: ethnic malls and urban villages
Daily Journal of Commerce
By RICHARD MUHLEBACH
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
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:
The two Gate Communities in Seattle are:
- The Highlands (NW Seattle: [Gate:] north of 145th Street)
- Broadmoor (off Madison Street, SE of Washington Park/Arboretum)
- Other exclusive,
"established, upscale" (but non-gated) neighborhoods
- Residential Guide
Charles Mudede: A Tale of Two Gated Communities: An African
Memoir [Seattle & Nordstrom]
- Rejected Names
for Gated Communities: Dot-Commons, Snobschwitz etc.
Seattle's Luxury Homes
Elizabeth Ayer (1897-1987), the first female graduate of the
University of Washington's architecture program, helped
fashion the residential architecture of many Seattle
neighborhoods in the mid-twentieth century. Notwithstanding
the growing popularity of modernism, Ayer integrated modern
needs with traditional forms and throughout her career
embraced historical styles. (incl. Broadmoor & Highlands)
"Gated Highrise Living" - "New apartments are high-rise, high rent"
PI, Monday, September 10, 2001
By MARNI LEFF
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER
Metropolitan Tower is not your typical Seattle
apartment building. Even as luxury apartments have begun to pepper downtown
Seattle and the adjacent
Belltown neighborhood, Metropolitan Tower stands out
from its competitors.
The 31-story tower has amenities that are
usually offered only in fancy hotels, among
them: a concierge who will make dinner
reservations and help track down baseball
tickets, a full-service gym, an indoor
swimming pool, a pair of full-time fitness
consultants/personal trainers, and a
doorman and security staff.
- 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
Harbor Steps Finds Downtown Living Is Hot
Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce Feb 28, 1997;
BY BENJAMIN MINNICK
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
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
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)
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
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
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
Washington State & Pacific Northwest
Economic & Business Geography