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Wednesday Links: May 31 2017

Redfin, the owners of WalkScore, has released its list of the 10 most walkable cities, and Seattle ranks as number 8.  Our current walk score is 73.1, up 0.2 points from last year.  Walkability across the board is increasing, and the article goes into depth on trends and specific areas that have shifted.

The Count Us In report for 2017 has been released.  This is a more scientific, thorough analysis that was implemented this year to replace the previous one night count conducted in previous years in January.  The new report gives a much more comprehensive view of the homeless population in the city and its surrounding areas and has a wealth of good information for anybody interested in this and related issues.

Also out is Zumper’s spring map for median one-bedroom rental prices, broken down by neighborhood.  Rental prices don’t perfectly match to sale prices, but this is a good reference for demographic breakdowns of the city and is particularly useful for anybody looking at investment property.

The are-we, aren’t-we question of a housing bubble question remains very present with the latest Case-Shiller numbers with the March data come out.  As always, the Seattle Bubble has a great analysis for you to take a look at and continue to chew this question over.  It’s definitely starting to look like we’re a bit bubbly, though I’d like to see the numbers in the last graph adjusted for inflation and get a line for what reasonable growth (a percentage based on population growth) would look like.

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Wednesday Links: February 22

This week’s news is dominated by traffic.  The number of drivers commuting alone in the area is down, which takes some of the sting out of finding out that our traffic ranks as the 10th worst in the country.

Yesterday brought us Mayor Ed Murray’s state of the city address.  Affordable housing and homelessness were two of the six main topics covered.

If you’re looking for weekend plans, there’s a special new bloom on display at the Volunteer Park conservatory.  As the article notes, the Asian Art Museum will be closing for renovations soon, so a trip to Volunteer Park in the near future is a good idea anyway.

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News Links, February 1

Lots and lots going on this week.  There are many updates from Sound Transit on upcoming plans, including approvals pertinent to northern and southern LINK extensions.

Seattle is looking for public feedback on rules for clearing homeless camp sites.

November continued Seattle’s trend of house price growth. We’re back to per-recession prices, which hopefully means more sellers will list and we can get some relief on our tight inventory problems.

Here‘s a look at the relationship between housing prices and immigrant populations from Redfin. That’s useful information for most of King county.

And this one isn’t brand new, but I just found it and it’s on a subject near and dear to my heart: How to design the perfect home library.

The Creating Homes Seminary is tonight.  There is one seat left open for registration, so it’s going to be a full house. I’m looking forward to seeing you there!