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Obsolete Downtowns...Or, Downtowns are everywhere!

 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 2:45 am    Post subject: Obsolete Downtowns...Or, Downtowns are everywhere! Reply with quote

The Downtown Seattle Jobs Rush to the Suburbs

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Suburban Job Ascendancy: All of the employment growth in the Seattle area has been in the suburbs. While the city, including downtown, was losing nearly 30,000 jobs, the suburbs of King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties added 90,000 jobs (Table). Suburban Redmond, home of Microsoft, added 19,000 jobs all by itself. Even Tacoma, the old second central city and long since defeated challenger to Seattle added a modest number of jobs between 2000 and 2009.

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With these trends, it might be expected that local transportation agencies would be rushing to provide sufficient infrastructure to the growing suburbs. Not so. Planners are scurrying about to build one of the nation's most expensive light rail systems with lines converging on downtown, to feed 20,000 fewer jobs today and perhaps 30,000 or 40,000 fewer in the future. Perhaps this is the train "got a whole city moving again" as the television commercials put it?


http://www.newgeography.com/content/001518-the-downtown-seattle-jobs-rush-suburbs
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Evolving Urban Area: Seattle

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Despite the pre-2010 census media and academic drumbeat to the effect that metropolitan areas were no longer dispersing, the census revealed a totally different and even inconvenient truth. This does not mean that both residents of the entire metropolitan region, suburbs and core city, should not be proud of an attractive urban area in an incomparable natural setting. Yet, the vast majority of the regionís population and employment growth is taking place outside the core. Seattle is following the national and international pattern to ever greater dispersion.


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