Seattle Growth Podcast
Summary: Join University of Washington professor Jeff Shulman for a second season exploring the far-reaching impacts of Seattle's physical and cultural transformation. In the second season, learn how a return of the NBA franchise Seattle Supersonics would impact you and life in this city. Whether you are a basketball fan or not, you will learn how the Sonics would affect community, real estate, jobs, traffic, taxes, and more. Notable guests include Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens, 3-time NBA All-Star Detlef Schrempf, NBA champion Wally Walker, Sonics legend Slick Watts, Pete Nordstrom, Craig Kinzer, Port Commissioner John Creighton, Paul Lawrence, City Councilmember Tim Burgess, SDOT director Scott Kubly, and more. The first season brought you into the minds of residents, business leaders, and city leaders to learn how their city’s economic and population growth affects their lives. Featuring in-depth interviews with experts and everyday citizens in Seattle, the season explored topics such as the rise of Seattle’s tech sector, housing affordability, homelessness, schools, transportation, public utilities, and more. Notable guests included Mayor Ed Murray, City Councilmember Kshama Sawant, Director of WA State Department of Commerce Brian Bonlender, Chief Marketing Officer of Groupon Vinayak Hegde, Associate Superintendent of Schools Dr. Flip Herndon, Director of Seattle Department of Transportation Scott Kubly, Fire Chief Scoggins, Chair of Seattle Economic Development Commission Chris DeVore, Seattle Port Commissioner John Creighton, residents of Tent City, artists at Equinox Studios, CEO of Seattle City Light...
Money and people are moving into Seattle at an unprecedented rate. In an apparent effort to keep pace with the growth, Seattle has led the nation in the number of cranes in the sky two years in a row. Though significant attention is given to the number of people moving in, IRS data shows thousands of people are also moving out. Today’s episode of Seattle Growth Podcast features interviews with two people who have chosen to leave Seattle and an interview with the Director of Seattle’s Office of Planning and Community Development about what the city is doing to avoid losing more of its long-time residents. If Seattle has changed to a point that these residents feel the need to leave, what might happen you and your life in this city? By understanding why some residents are saying goodbye to Seattle, you can work together to ensure that Seattle maintains a community for you and those you care about as it continues undergoing its transformation. Today’s episode features in-depth interviews with Reverend Dr. Phyllis Beaumonte, Cole Austin, and Sam Assefa.
Three residents with more than a combined century living in Seattle tell their side of the story of Seattle. Seattle’s population has increased an astounding 15.4 percent since the start of the decade. For tens of thousands of newcomers, a bustling, growing Seattle is all they’ve ever known. But tucked within some of those houses, apartments, and condos surrounded by construction cranes are people who grew up in a very different city. The three interviews give you perspective on how the physical transformation under way in Seattle is affecting some of the city’s long-time residents. Given history has a habit of repeating itself, hearing their stories will give you a better understanding of how Seattle’s future growth may ultimately affect you and life in this city. You will also gain insight into the challenges your fellow community members are facing, so that you can be a part of building a mutually beneficial future. The episode features Damon Bomar, Wendy Colgan, and Alisha Cross.
Seattle is growing at an extraordinary rate. As more people and money flow into the city, the skyline and neighborhoods are being transformed. What will the future of the Seattle and its neighborhoods look like? Only time will tell as various people and groups jockey for position to have their vision for Seattle unfold. Today’s episode of Seattle Growth Podcast offers guidance into how you can influence the future of Seattle. You will hear from people who have organized, lobbied, or litigated to play a role in determining what Seattle will look like for years to come. Through these examples, you will have a better understanding of how you can have your voice heard as the city changes around you. You will hear from Roger Valdez of Smart Growth Seattle. You will hear from Martin H. Kaplan, an architect and engaged Seattle resident. You will hear from Ethan Phelps-Goodman about Seattle Tech Workers for Housing. Through meeting these change-makers, you will get perspective on the variety of efforts underway to set policy.
Gain insight into the minds of real estate developers as they reshape Seattle’s streets and skyline. As you look ahead to where you live or might live, these interviews give you insight into the kinds of neighborhoods and properties that attract real estate developers. You will get an inside look into their development process and how you can influence it. You will hear from Liz Dunn of Dunn + Hobbes, which specializes in the adaptive reuse of existing buildings as well as the construction of new urban infill projects. You will hear from Joe Ferguson of Lake Union Partners, which specializes in residential mixed-use and commercial projects. These two interviews give you examples of the variety of developers reshaping the physical landscape of our city.
People and money are flowing into Seattle at unprecedented rates and the city is undergoing a physical transformation like none other. As Seattle booms, the city has lead the nation in the number of cranes in the sky two years in a row. Anyone who even passes through Seattle can visibly see the physical changes under way. But in those buildings being torn down are people and businesses; lives being changed that we often do not get to see from the outside. The third season of Seattle Growth Podcast gives you insight into the physical transformation of Seattle and the lives it is affecting. You will learn what developers are thinking as they reshape the landscape of our city, how some of your fellow community members are reacting to these changes, and what you can do to influence what Seattle will look like. You will gain insight into Seattle’s history and what that history means for its future. Through this journey, you will have a better understanding of this dynamic city and the role you can play in shaping its tomorrow. In today’s episode of Seattle Growth Podcast, two people share heart-felt stories about how their lives have been impacted by Seattle’s changing physical landscape: Kailash Upadhyay is a business owner whose building was redeveloped. Queen Pearl Richard is a long-time Seattle resident who has seen the buildings and businesses change around her. Ethan Phelps-Goodman, a software engineer who developed SeattleInProgress.com, describes how you can learn about and influence further development in the city.
Can Seattle become a hockey town? If the highest level of professional hockey calls Seattle home, what would that mean to the Seattle residents who do not care about the sport? Today’s episode brings you several perspectives on the existing hockey community in Seattle and what hockey could mean to all residents, sports fans and non-sports fans alike. Interviews with Executive Director of the Seattle Sports Commission Ralph Morton; John Barr, a hockey enthusiast behind the NHL to Seattle fan movement; Vanessa Kirk-Briley, from Ronald McDonald House Charities; and Todd Humphrey, a former professional hockey player who served on the Mayor’s Advisory panel that weighed two proposals for a Key Arena remodel.
How will growth and the potential for a new sports and entertainment arena affect the city’s budget? Hear from City Budget Office director Ben Noble and UW professor Justin Marlowe.
Former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn shares gives rare insight into Seattle’s past, present, and future. The mayor of Seattle from 2010 until the end of 2013 converses about the topics from Season 1 and Season 2 of Seattle Growth Podcast. In particular McGinn discusses how rapid growth is affecting residents, businesses, and city leaders. McGinn also weighs in on the arena debate the continues several years after his office agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding with Chris Hansen's Sodo arena group. The episode also features insight into why Seattle is growing from Taylor Graham (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris DeVore (TechStars and Founders Co-op), Maggie Walker (Founding partner of Seattle Venture Partners), and Brian Bonlender (Washington State Department of Commerce).
This special episode gives you an inside look at a burgeoning industry with potential to further drive growth in this city. Jeff Shulman had an opportunity to visit the Geekwire Sports Tech Summit and interview individuals uniquely involved in the the sports tech. In this episode: Taylor Soper, sports tech reporter for Geekwire, describes how Vicis, Amazon, and Microsoft are driving sports tech in the region and what can be expected in the future. Former NHL player and co-founder of League, Todd Humphrey, explains how professional hockey has prepared him for entrepreneurship. He offers an idea of what Seattle can expect from local sports tech companies in the future. Akvelon employee, Jeremiah Mothersell, shares why he moved here from Arizona without a job in hand, and what it is like to work at a sports tech company in Seattle. Professional hot air balloon competitor, Eliav Cohen, describes how a local tech company is incidentally revolutionizing the world-wide sport of hot air ballooning. The episode gives you a better understanding of what you can expect from Seattle's sports tech scene and how it may further drive the growth of the city.
This episode gives you a better understanding of how public resources may be deployed in bringing the NBA and NHL to Seattle and in improving Seattle Center. In this episode, City Councilmember Rob Johnson describes the process by which the proposals to renovate Key Arena and the proposal to build a SODO arena will be evaluated and offers insight into the pros and cons of each. Developer Sam Farrazaino offers an alternative vision for repurposing Key Arena should a development in SODO becomes the home of professional arena sports.
Former Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark gives guidance on how to effectively engage city government. She shares the best way to communicate your opinions along with some do’s and don’ts. Her guidance applies to those following the discussion on the arena decision facing the council as well as to anyone who has a passion about a city issue. In this episode, host Jeff Shulman reveals that he is not actually a Sonics fan. However, he discusses how he has been moved by people who have made this city great. People from diverse races, genders, educations, and political affiliations who have been brought together and inspired by the world class athletes wearing Sonics uniforms. Sharing what the Sonics have historically meant to the city of Seattle, the episode features quotes from Pete Nordstrom, Slick Watts, Lenny Wilkens, Detlef Schrempf, Professor Jen Hoffman, Jack and Steve Hussey, Debi Frausto, Jeff Brown, Lauren Henry and Nicole Morrison.
In the nearly 10 years since the NBA franchise Seattle Supersonics left for Oklahoma City, several people have been working tirelessly to bring the Sonics back to Seattle. This episode gives you a window into the hearts and minds of two people working for several years to return Seattle to the league of cities playing host to professional basketball. In this episode you will hear from: 1. Chris Hansen; the leader of a group of investors attempting to bring an NBA franchise to an arena in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood. He discusses his motivations for continued efforts to bring Seattle an NBA franchise. He also shares rare insights into where his group is in the process. 2. Jeff Brown; a Sonics fan and leader of the Bring Back our Sonics movement. He shares why he continues to rally fans years after the NBA left the Emerald City. Sonic Boom Day is coming April 17th. Residents from across Seattle will be sharing their voice with Seattle City Council on where they would like an arena to be developed. As City Council is in the process of determining where to pave the way for a return of the NBA, developing an informed opinion can help you achieve the outcome that is in your best interest. This episode of Seattle Growth Podcast gives you unique insight into what the NBA can mean to the residents of Seattle and what the proposal for a SoDo arena would mean to you and life in this city.
Sonic Boom Day is coming April 17th! People from around the city will be sharing their voice with City Council on the same day so that wishes of Seattle residents can be heard loud and clear. Prepare with today’s episode, which focuses on how the arena location decision would affect your wallet through its effect on rents, home values, and further development. In this episode: Craig Kinzer, Founder and CEO of Kinzer Partners, explains the real estate development that should occur around a new arena. Matthew Gardner, Chief Economist at Windermere Real Estate describes current trends in Seattle Real Estate and how they would be affected by a return of the Sonics and the arena location they call home. Realtors Tyler Davis Jones and Phil Greely discuss what a return of the Sonics would mean to them and their work.
There are potentially three private groups vying to invest roughly half a billion dollars into a sports and entertainment complex in Seattle. The city is weighing a proposal for a SoDo arena and inviting proposals for a renovation of Seattle Center’s Key Arena. Decisions will soon be made and this episode helps you become further informed of the issues. In this episode: Get the scoop on how the city is approaching a potential Key Arena location from Brian Surratt, director of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development. Get an inside look at Oak View Groups intentions to submit a proposal from Lance Lopes, director of special projects at Oak View Group. Hear the challenges and opportunities the surrounding neighborhood sees from Debi Frausto who serves on the KeyArena Subcommittee Chair for the Seattle Uptown Alliance and is also on the Mayor’s Key Arena Advisory Panel. This episode will give you a better understanding of how a Key Arena renovation could impact you and life in this city.
This episode gives you a behind the scenes look at the life and impact off the court of the first coach to deliver Seattle a professional sports championship. You will hear from Hall of Fame Sonics player and coach Lenny Wilkens about his upbringing and his motivation to help his community through the Lenny Wilkens Foundation for Children. You will also hear from Dr. Ben Danielson of the Odessa Brown Clinic as he shares personal stories of how Lenny Wilkens has affected his life and the lives of the children he serves. The episode continues our exploration of what a return of the Sonics could mean to Seattle. But much more than that, it provides a story of the difference one person can make in the lives around them. A story that will hopefully inspire others in our community. In this episode, host Jeff Shulman calls upon listeners to “Live Like Lenny.” If you have time to do something good for the community, snap a picture and share on social using #LiveLikeLenny. Whether it is bringing food to a food bank, bringing clothes, blankets or supplies to a shelter, cleaning trash from a public space, or volunteering with a religious or secular organization, listeners are asked to show the ripple effect our positive role models can have.