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Seattle In The Spotlight: August 3 – 9

Seattle in the Spotlight: August 3 – 9

Seattle Has The 4th ‘Coolest’ Parking Garage in the World

Seattle PI | Zosha Millman | August 7

“Seattle has won a few infrastructural awards over the years, though many of them were tongue in cheek: There was the time our brand new museum was dubbed the ugliest building in the world by readers around the world, or just last year when Seattle won for the “sorriest bus stop in the country.” Yay us! But this time, Seattle’s architecture has placed for being the coolest — the coolest parking garage, that is. Architecture and design website DesignCurial and U.K. airport parking site chose the 10 top garages from around the world, and the parking lot at Second Avenue and Yesler, better known as the “sinking ship” garage, thanks to its Titanic-like structure.”

King County Metro Named Nation’s Top Public Transportation Agency

Seattle Times | David Gutman | August 6

“King County Metro was the top large public transportation agency in North America over the last year, according to the leading public transit trade organization. The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) picked Metro for the honor based on 12 criteria, including safety, efficiency, maintenance and financial management. APTA cited Metro’s three straight years of record ridership, the ORCA Lift program, which provides discounted fares to low income riders, and ORCA Passport, in which area businesses pay for free or reduced-price ORCA cards for their employees. ORCA Lift “has become a national model in providing equitable access to public transportation,” APTA wrote”

More Seattle-Area Home Sellers Lower List Prices as Market Cools Way Down

Seattle Times | Mike Rosenberg | August 6

“Homes are sitting unsold for weeks. Bidding wars are becoming less common. More sellers are even dropping their asking price to attract buyers. For the first time in four years, the Seattle-area real-estate market is finally starting to trend in a positive direction for buyers, though only after many were already priced out following years of punishing price hikes. The change began suddenly in May — normally the peak buying season — and has only accelerated since, according to new data released Monday. The number of homes for sale across King County jumped 44 percent in July from a year ago, the biggest increase in a decade and the third straight month of huge inventory growth, according to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. Inventory now exceeds 2015 levels, reversing three years of steep declines.”

Seattle’s Space Needle Now Boasts the World’s Only Rotating Glass Floor

USA Today | Harriet Baskas | August 3

“The world’s first and only revolving glass floor is now suspended and spinning – slowly – at the 500-foot level of Seattle’s iconic, 605-foot-tall space-age inspired Space Needle. Dubbed “The Loupe” (a reference to the magnifying devices jewelers and watchmakers use), the Space Needle’s rotating glass floor is located just below the open-air observation deck and replaces the original (nonglass) revolving floor that was a feature of the Space Needle’s restaurant when it first opened at the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair.Visitors can walk, stand, sit or stretch out on the new floor and look down on the Space Needle’s architecture, the elevators and the elevator counterweights, the Seattle Center campus (an urban park with several museums and other attractions) and the city. The mechanics of the rotating glass floor – or turntable – are also visible and include 12 motors and 48 rollers that can complete a rotation in varying lengths of time, from a quick 20 minutes to a glacial 90 minutes in either a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction.”

Marrione Camacho

Marrione Camacho is the Managing Director of NEXUS Innovation Labs in the Philippines and a contributor at WTIA. He fell in love with startups and the tech community during his time in San Francisco and Seattle and wants to help them scale their businesses and social impact. He is currently based in Cavite City, Philippines and you can contact him at [email protected] and through LinkedIn.

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