Billboard in the heart of Amazon campus shows Calgary came loaded in HQ2 fight

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The city of Calgary came to the heart of Amazon’s Seattle campus with an aggressive HQ2 pitch. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)

The deadline has passed and the proposals are in from cities and states and Canadian provinces hoping to be the home to Amazon’s second headquarters. The city of Calgary made an aggressive push in the final days, with a video pitch, newspaper ads and marketing via sidewalk chalk.

A giant sign that runs the length of a boarded up building on the corner of Westlake Avenue North and Republican Street in the South Lake Union neighborhood that Amazon calls home serves as the best reminder of Calgary’s aggressive efforts.

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Hey Amazon, if you lived here, you could live here

The view from Baltimore's Ritz Carlton

For the median price of a house in Amazon’s South Lake Union neighborhood in Seattle, you could live in Baltimore’s Ritz Carlton. (Genevieve Webb / HANDOUT)

As economic development officials in Maryland (and more or less everyplace else in North America) finish their pitches this week for Amazon’s HQ2 project and the 50,000 jobs projected to come with it, we’d like to add one final point in Baltimore’s favor the company might want to consider.

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Seattle Streetcar May Once Again Be on the Chopping Block

Seattle’s South Lake Union streetcar line (Photo by Steve Morgan)

Plans to build a downtown streetcar have long been a source of debate among Seattle politicians, in large part because of the low ridership on the city’s other streetcar lines. Last week, during a City Council budget hearing about the proposed 2018 Department of Transportation (SDOT) budget, the center city connector line was once again contentious.

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The view from Amazon’s HQ1 in Seattle is cranes, construction and luxury apartments

A construction site for Google's expansion in Seattle's South Lake Union. The neighborhood is home to Amazon's first headquarters and other major tech companies.

A construction site for Google’s expansion in Seattle’s South Lake Union. The neighborhood is home to Amazon’s first headquarters and other major tech companies. – Anna Boiko-Weyrauch/ for Marketplace

Two dozen people zigzag through Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, footsteps crunching on pavement and gravel. A local blog called The Urbanist organized the tour about the history of this neighborhood — the location of Amazon’s first headquarters.

In a few years, the view around HQ1 has morphed from low-slung warehouses to tall, modern apartment buildings and cranes that poke out of construction sites around every bend.

“It looks like a millennial paradise,” said Seattle resident Anthony Bridgewater, who took the tour.

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SPD officers involved in Eastlake shooting under criminal investigation

Seattle police have opened an investigation into an officer-involved shooting in the Eastlake neighborhood last Sunday.

A source within the department close to the investigation says both officers are under criminal investigation. The department has taken the unusual step of assigning a detective and sergeant to investigate the actions of the officers. The officers’ guns, badges and proxy cards, which give officers access to the department, were taken away as the investigation is underway.

 

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Amazon’s new Troy Block in South Lake Union is officially open

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As Amazon expands their campus downtown—and looks to expand into other cities—they’re still gaining office space in South Lake Union. The latest project to house Amazon offices in the neighborhood, the Troy Building, officially opened last week.

Located between Boren and Fairview avenues and Harrison and Thomas streets, the complex includes two towers, one 12-story and the other 13-story, connected by a lower-rise building. The design by architecture firm Perkins+Will incorporates two historic buildings. The first is the project’s namesake, the 1927 Troy Laundry Building, a two-story Beaux Arts structure declared a Seattle landmark in 1996. The second, the Boren Investment Building, is a 1938 warehouse declared a landmark in 2011, just as plans solidified for the Troy Block.

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Eastlake Community Council notice of events October/November

Shoreline restoration – Thurs., Oct. 12  Volunteer work party is 9 a.m. to noon (or any portion thereof).  Meet in front of Lake Union Drydock, 1515 Fairview Ave. E.  Wear sturdy shoes and if you can, work gloves.  Employers are encouraged to authorize employees to participate “on the clock.”   For questions:  info@eastlakeseattle.org.

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The logs are long gone from Lake Union

THEN: Looking south on Lake Union from an unidentified offshore prospect near where Galer Street reached the Westlake Trestle. (Courtesy Museum of History & Industry)

THEN: Looking south on Lake Union from an unidentified offshore prospect near where Galer Street reached the Westlake Trestle. (Courtesy Museum of History & Industry)

SURELY THE SUBJECTS here are the logs, although their likely destination, the Western Mill at the south end of Lake Union, also is visible. A water tower, two stacks and a few long factory sheds are bunched there. Scattered about to all sides are the mill workers’ generally small homes in the community started in 1882 by David Denny and his partners.

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Blue Moon Burgers shutters in SLU

Blue Moon Burgers in South Lake Union has closed. As you may recall, after calls for a boycott on social media in June, the owner of the local burger chain admitted that he had participated in a racist text exchange involving employees, calling it “a single — but nonetheless deplorable — failure” on his part. The sign in the window at the SLU Blue Moon indicates that the closure is unrelated, saying the lease is up and that the building is going to be torn down.

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Amazon’s struggle to revive South Lake Union could be a worrying omen for its 2nd headquarters

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  • Amazon has brought economic growth to Seattle over the past 20 years, but it hasn’t figured out how to create a thriving neighborhood.
  • Businesses are booming during lunch hours and happy hours but are dead at night.
  • The company’s new headquarters, HQ2, could bring similar challenges to a new city.

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