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In Seattle, good feeling toward Boeing despite mounting troubles

by Mitchell Hartman Mar 27, 2019
Boeing employs more than 60,000 workers at massive assembly plants, engineering centers and corporate offices in the Puget Sound region.
Boeing airplane sit on the tarmac at the Boeing production facilities at Paine Field in Everett, Washington in 2012.
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Big tech companies have an affordable housing problem

by Ben Bradford Jan 17, 2019
Microsoft is the latest tech giant to fund affordable housing projects in the white-hot real estate market where they are based. As part of a community building initiative in Seattle, Microsoft is pledging $475 million in low-interest loans to support…

How far does $15 an hour go?

by Renata Sago Oct 2, 2018
Amazon announces that all its employees should earn a living wage, but many still struggle at $15 an hour.
A visitor checks in at the Amazon corporate headquarters in Seattle, Washington. On Oct. 2, 2018, Amazon announced U.S. workers would receive  a minimum of $15 per hour.
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Seattle fought Amazon ... and Amazon won

by Molly Wood and Stephanie Hughes Jun 15, 2018
The city council voted this week to repeal a decision that levied taxes on large business.
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Amazon head tax reversed

by Jed Kim Jun 13, 2018
Last month the Seattle city council voted unanimously for a head tax – a set fee that bigger companies would have to pay for each of their employees. The tax was meant to raise funds to address homelessness and help create…

Seattle’s tax on big business draws attention of more cities

by Jed Kim May 16, 2018
This week, the Seattle City Council unanimously voted in what’s commonly known as a “headcount tax.” Businesses that bring in more than $20 million in annual revenue will have to pay a $275 tax for each of their full-time employees.…

As developers eye valuable mobile park home land, some residents have found a way to fight back

by Anna Boiko-Weyrauch May 4, 2018
Mobile homes are one of the last vestiges of affordable home ownership in the Seattle area, but mobile homeowners are being pushed out by skyrocketing real estate values.
Next-door neighbors and Duvall Riverside Village homeowners Stephanie Rosevear (L) and Danelle Knapp (R) return home from a walk.
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One Seattle neighborhood is fighting airplane noise

by Eilís O'Neill Feb 16, 2018
The planes are so loud in this Seattle neighborhood some residents say it feels like a war zone. They want the federal government to do something about it.
María Batayola.
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Diners aren't showing up as expected near Amazon HQ1, causing some restaurants to close

by Anna Boiko-Weyrauch Jan 2, 2018
Amazon's HQ1 neighborhood empties out at night, so some restaurant owners aren't finding the dining market they expected.
Empty chairs in the recently closed bar, Cantine in Seattle's South Lake Union, look out at neighborhood workers with lunch takeout containers. The bar and several other restaurants closed this year because of lackluster dinner patronage.
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The view from Amazon's HQ1 in Seattle is cranes, construction and luxury apartments

by Marketplace Contributor Oct 17, 2017
The host of HQ2 should get ready for growth now.
A construction site for Google's expansion in Seattle's South Lake Union. The neighborhood is home to Amazon's first headquarters and other major tech companies.
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