commented on Is Amazon the Reason Rents Are Going Up?
Maybe talk to actual Amazon employees, too? A lot of them aren't newcomers but older Seattle residents.
I had a roommate, last decade. We shared a shitty "cheap" CD triplex apartment. One day, he quit delivering pizza and started taking CS transfer classes at Seattle Central. He got accepted for transfer into UW-Tacoma, moved there, graduated, got a job at a tech firm near Microsoft. That company tanked and he scored a job at Amazon, *back* in the city, where he started.
They're just a large employer. Seattle has several of those. The reason rents are going up is because we're adding more jobs than apartments. As much as the city council likes to trumpet that they've added 20,000 units or whatever, it's not anywhere close to enough.
commented on The Suburbs of Seattle Appear to Like Light Rail but Not Buses. Why?
Because our buses suck, our bus service sucks, and our bus schedules suck. They're unpleasant, unsafe (a metro driver is assaulted on-the-job every 48 hours), and unreliable.
Rail, even if it's just streetcars that aren't any faster, is much more pleasant. It's a proper extension of the sidewalk.