Before and after photos show how Amazon has completely transformed Seattle in a decade

Google Street View/Compiled by Harrison Jacobs

Amazon’s decision in 2007 to locate its headquarters in downtown Seattle has transformed the city in its image.

As the global e-commerce giant has grown from 5,000 employees in the city to more than 40,000, a flurry of development has followed.

The sea of parking lots, warehouses, motels, […]

Diners aren’t showing up as expected in South Lake Union, causing some restaurants to close

Empty chairs in the recently closed bar, Cantine in Seattle’s South Lake Union, look out at neighborhood workers with lunch takeout containers. The bar and several other restaurants closed this year because of lackluster dinner patronage. – Anna Boiko-Weyrauch/ for Marketplace

Around 6 p.m. on a recent weekday, people flood out of […]

Eastlake Community Council Jan/Feb events

Jan. 12 public comment deadline on Roosevelt RapidRide [Downtown Seattle to Eastlake to Roosevelt bus line] scoping  On how to comment and about some of the issues, see this section of the ECC web site.

Public meeting with open mike to dream about and discuss Eastlake priorities – Tues., Jan. 23  6:30 – 8:30 p.m. […]

Ten years ago, Amazon changed Seattle, announcing its move to South Lake Union

Ten years ago Amazon’s South Lake Union campus looked like this, dominated by warehouses and parking lots, before the massive redevelopment project launched.

It’s been ten years since Amazon committed to building an eleven building campus in South Lake Union. But before the company locked up that space, Amazon’s landlord went […]

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New South Lake Union Coffee Shop Wants to Connect Tech Workers, Homeless and Everyone in Between

Image Credit: Cascade Coffee Works Facebook

Seattle Coffee Works’ newest location looks to fit a neighborhood in transition.

The new softly open location of Seattle Coffee Works—the “by the people, for the people” neighborhood coffee shop—is not a sellout. Yes, it’s at Amazon’s doorstep, and you’ll likely line up for a morning […]

Recovery Café, Cornish, and Holland partner up for South Lake Union residential tower

Surface-level parking lots at Boren and Lenora in South Lake Union are turning into an apartment tower from Holland Partner Group. As part of a partnership with nearby Recovery Café and Cornish College of the Arts, the new building will also house some administrative offices and educational facilities.

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

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 […]

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 […]

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

Image courtesy of Amazon

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 […]