South Lake Union: The bustle and boom of Seattle’s ‘Amazonland’

In 2007, South Lake Union was a neighborhood in transition.

It was growing — developers were recognizing its value and building it up from the under-utilized, downtrodden sea of parking lots it had been for years.

Between 2003 and 2007, developers built 2.4 million square feet of commercial space, 1,850 apartments and condos, and […]

Seattle’s newest boom and the wealth it has created are thrilling — and unsettling

Cranes punctuate the view of the booming South Lake Union neighborhood for patrons enjoying the rooftop deck at Mbar restaurant on a warm summer night. (Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times)

The Klondike gold rush, the postwar Boeing boom, the dot-com bubble … we’ve […]

Amazon-leased ​building in South Lake Union sells for $81.5 million

In October 2016, Amazon leased all of the office space in 428 Westlake Ave. N. in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood.

5 New FareStart Restaurants Set For South Lake Union With Help From Amazon

The nonprofit will launch five different restaurants on the same block.

Obviously, Amazon is affecting Seattle in big ways. Less obvious is the impact of FareStart, an organization that has quietly and consistently been influencing our city through social services and quality meals for the past 25 years with the […]

Riding a Tech Boom in Seattle’s South Lake Union

Between Seattle’s bustling downtown high-rise core and picturesque Lake Union a short skip to the north, several conditions have converged to establish what has quickly become one of the world’s most dynamic urban technology hubs.

As Amazon.com has continued to overflow its ever-expanding headquarters village in Seattle’s South Lake Union (SLU) district, other high-growth […]

Council committee approves South Lake Union rezone

A Seattle City Council committee took a step forward Tuesday in rezoning South Lake Union, Lower Queen Anne, and Downtown neighborhoods.

The Council’s Planning, Land Use, and Zoning committee voted 3-0 to forward the legislation, which would allow taller building heights in exchange for affordable housing. 

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South Lake Union Seattle’s hottest spot for rising wages

Among Seattle neighborhoods, median wages of residents are predictably rising fastest in South Lake Union. But the 10 neighborhoods showing the biggest income gains are spread all around the city, from Rainier Beach to Matthews Beach.

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Amazon, South Lake Union: Tech, Business and Art, Too

The transformation of Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood from a quiet area of light industry and wholesale florists to a neighborhood of high-rise office buildings housing Amazon’s global empire has not been all business. Set among its many walkways and plazas are 20 site-specific public artworks by some of Seattle’s leading artists, commissioned by […]

Amazon gobbles up big Microsoft-occupied office building in Seattle

Amazon has done it again.

The ever-growing online retail giant leased another big office building in Seattle, the 320,000-square-foot Westlake Terry building in the South Lake Union neighborhood, where Amazon first planted its flag in 2007. Kilroy Realty Corp., the Los Angeles-based owner of the building, announced the 12-year lease Monday.

“We love working in the […]

Amazon files its first-ever lawsuits against alleged sellers of counterfeit goods

Amazon has filed two lawsuits against online sellers alleged to have illegally offered counterfeit goods through its vast e-commerce platform.

The suits, filed in King County Superior Court in Seattle, are believed to be the first time Amazon has sued third-party sellers over the alleged sale of counterfeit goods on its site.