What kind of rent can this shed fetch?
What kind of rent can this shed fetch? Charles Mudede

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It Used to Be a Garage: It's now a 300 square-foot "modern cottage" that's not far from the Lenin statue in the heart of keep-Seattle-freaky Fremont. French doors were punched into the side of the former garage. Outside of it, a weathered patio, a plastic chair, some junk; inside, the wiring is exposed. What you must bring to this place is a large amount of imagination, otherwise you will not be able to see it as anything but a shed. What this place will give you is what it once gave cars and garden tools: shelter from the elements of nature.

The story of the shed:

We have transformed our garage into a modern cottage with comfort and privacy in mind. The roof has been raised to add increased comfort to the loft living space. French doors have been installed to lead to your private outside living area which doubles the living area. Be the first to live in this brand new cottage in a quiet area (no one above or below) within walking distance to great restaurants, coffee shops, retail and a market. Rental price includes all utilities, wifi and cable.

Amenities: W/S/G included, Cable Included, Wifi included. Private outdoor patio

All of this can be yours on the first day of August, if you put $500 down as a deposit and first month's rent, $1,600. To live in this shack, and not be rent-burdened, you need to make $60,000 a year.

News Tribune's Editorial Board Tells Tacoma That Seattle Is Hurting Because of the $15 Minimum Wage: And points to that bogus study by UW economists to support the belief that high wages are bad for any economy. But the most impressive period of economic growth in the history of capitalism happened when wages rose rapidly (1947 to 1973). After the glorious period, economic growth has actually been low. The question one must ask is: Why all of this pressure to keep wages low when the benefits of high wages (improved mental health, stable working conditions and relations, less reliance on government welfare) are so obvious? Because of saturation. There is a point when good economic management solves the economic problem and all real needs are met: shelter, food, transportation, education. Once this happens, there are only two ways to go: one is to re-impose scarcity (low wages) and revive, like a mad scientist in a cemetery, the economic problem. Two, is to live in a world without the economic problem in its real or monstrous form. In this world, you will think less about jobs and more about how to spend your free time.

Nearly 44 percent of Seattle's Out-of-Work Adults Have Advanced Degrees: Though the city's employment rate is below 3 percent, almost 44 percent of those who can't find work are professionals. Jon Talton thinks this is a result of the booming tech sector, which prefers younger workers—and not because younger people are hipper. They are simply cheaper.

Train Service Has Resumed! Yesterday, "four cars on Amtrak train 506 derailed" just outside of Tacoma. There were no deaths, and no major injuries. The train was carrying 267 passengers from Portland to Seattle. Today, service has resumed on the popular line.




Seattle To Give Bike Sharing One More Night: Play in your head the tune "One More Night," as you visualize the return of bike sharing in Seattle. KOMO reports that a new pilot program for a privately-owned bike share scheme has been launched in Seattle. Spin is the company, and the program it's running works not like Pronto, which died in March and used stations, but like Car2Go. You find a bike, unlock it with an app, go to where you want to go, and leave it there. There will be "hundreds of rentable bikes on Seattle streets by July 7." The problem with all of this? That damn helmet law. It needs to go.

Read Lindy West's First Column for the New York Times: Lindy West, a local author and former Stranger writer, points out in her first column for the New York Times, that we now live in a world where facts just do not matter. In such a world, free speech is often not useful or productive but destructive. Free speech in a rabidly sexist society, one that does not see domestic violence as a form terrorism or something to be really alarmed about, will inevitably become toxic.

A Week After Man Is Stabbed to Death Outside of Dick's Drive-In on Queen Anne: A woman was shot in the head while in a car parked not far from Kerry Park on Queen Anne. The suspect is a 31-year-old man. The SPD says the "homicide was a domestic violence incident."

Man Charged with Abducting Chinese Scholar at University of Illinois Is a Physicist: Who once worked at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. (The collider is trying to piece together the universe's earliest moments.) The suspect is married. He is 27. His phone was "used to visit an online forum in April called 'Abduction 101,'" which has threads like "Perfect abduction fantasy" and "planning a kidnapping." To make matters even stranger, the suspect appeared at a rally in support of the missing scholar's family. Yingying Zhang, the 26-year-old scholar, comes from of a working-class family in China, and her research concerned crop photosynthsis. The police are certain that she is dead.

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Police In Idaho Are Looking for a Pilot: Because three dead women were found in a shed on his property. CNN reports that the dead women are the pilot's wife, mistress, and the daughter of his mistress. The pilot, Gerald Bullinger, "could be anywhere" in the world. Anywhere.

White Male GOP Leaders No Longer Give a Fuck: They beat reporters on Twitter, they beat reporters in real life, they take parks and beaches away from the public and enjoy them with just their family. CNN:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ordered beaches across the Garden State closed — a reaction to the ongoing budget impasse in the state's legislature.

Less than 48 hours later, photos from NJ Advance Media showed Christie sunning himself with his family on Island Beach State Park — the only people on the beach because, well, the governor had closed it.



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