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Seattle in the Spotlight: November 22nd – 28th, 2019

Study finds Seattle ranks 4th in U.S. with most high-rise apartments in last decade, a smart ring for AR and more University of Washington tech innovations, and more in this week’s Seattle in the Spotlight.

Seattle Ranks 4th in US with Most High-Rise Apartments in Last Decade, Study Finds

KOMO News | Becca Savransky | November 27

“More and more high-rise buildings are popping up in Seattle as the city falls in line with the national trend of building up. A new study by RentCafe — which analyzed how the number of high-rise, mid-rise and low-rise apartments buildings has changed since 1990 — shows Seattle ranks fourth among the cities that have had the most new high-rise apartment buildings constructed over the past decade. The report found in Seattle, about 9% of apartment buildings completed between 2010 and 2018 were high-rise buildings and about three-quarters of the buildings completed were mid-rise buildings. From 2000 to 2009, just 4% of the apartment buildings completed in Seattle were high-rise buildings.”

Seattle City Council Passes Record $6.5 Billion Budget; Here’s What’s in It

Seattle Times | Daniel Beekman | November 26

“The Seattle City Council passed a 2020 budget Monday after making about $25 million in changes to Mayor Jenny Durkan’s $6.5 billion proposal. For the second straight year, there were no major political fireworks during the council’s deliberations. A new tax on Uber and Lyft rides, proposed by Durkan in September as part of her plan, coasted to approval, and council members made no attempt to revive the big-business head tax that roiled talks in 2017. Instead, they mostly OK’d the mayor’s proposal, ensuring that rapidly growing Seattle will for the first time next year spend more than $6 billion in total and more than $100 million on services related to homelessness.”

A Smart Ring for AR, Real-Time AI for Healthcare, and More University of Washington Tech Innovations

GeekWire | Taylor Soper | November 21

“The Paul G. Allen School held its annual research showcase Wednesday evening in the new Bill & Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science & Engineering, where alumni, affiliates, investors, entrepreneurs, and others from the community had a chance to learn about the latest work going on at the Seattle campus. The event is somewhat akin to a science fair — just one that features some of the country’s top students and professors, working together on a wide-range of tech-related projects. “It’s amazing to walk around the building and see how much unbelievable work is going on here, the enthusiasm that all the students have for the work they are doing, and the impact they want to have on the world,” said Hank Levy, the former longtime Allen School director who stepped down in July but remains involved with the program.”


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