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June 5, 2017 Jean's View: Everyone's swimming to Seattle
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By Jean Godden

Twenty years ago, Newsweek Magazine famously announced: "Everyone's swimming to Seattle." Pictured on the magazine cover was Washington, D.C., pundit Michael Kinsley, face to face with a salmon and wearing a yellow rain slicker.

That cover appeared during one of Seattle's boom years (1996) when hundreds were moving here to work for Microsoft. Kinsley wasn't just another photogenic poster child, he had been hired to cyberedit Microsoft's Slate magazine.

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That was several economic cycles ago. Since then, Seattle has experienced boom and bust, bust and boom and now we're in boom times again. The Seattle Times recently reported that Seattle is now the fastest growing big city in the nation. In a single year (2016), Seattle acquired 2,100 new residents, averaging more than 57 newbies per day and bringing the city's population to 704,352.

Given this overheated population growth, it's small wonder that, despite a forest of construction cranes, we have been unable to keep pace with housing demands nor to stem the wave of rising rents.

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