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Onward and upward in Seattle

 Seattle in Progress

It seems like you can’t go anywhere in Seattle without seeing a new Land Use Action sign or two. Do you read them? I do. But I always feel like that black and white sign is in code and doesn’t really tell me what I want to know. At least not in language I understand. Plus, I never follow up later to find out what’s happening on a project after my initial curiosity.

As you may remember from the first issue of the Metropolist Magazine, Seattle had more cranes than any other US city as of July of this year. The Seattle Times placed us at 7th in the nation for new construction projects earlier this year, with just a little more than twenty-five thousand housing permits at the time of the article. This is where one of my new favorite websites comes in…

Seattle in Progress is an interactive map of all things construction in our area. You can choose “Applied,” “Approved” and/or “Completed in the Last Year” and gain loads of insight into the way your city is shaping up. Or, if you are like me you can just troll around the map and click on areas that interest you. What’s happening in SODO? What’s going on with that terrible tear down in my neighborhood? Ooh! I wonder if there is going to be a great new business on that empty corner? Whether you are interested in data mining for whatever reason, or simply an inquiring mind, it’s worth checking out.

As always, I enjoy discussing how our city is changing and how that effects property values. Keep me posted if you see something interesting coming up in your neighborhood.