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Inside Seattle (May 14th, 2019)

Hello fellow Seattleites, I’m Nick, your local writer at Inside.com. On behalf of our publication, I want to thank you for being a subscriber. I recently launched the Inside Seattle newsletter to bring you the top stories from around the Emerald City and throughout the Pacific Northwest. I see that you recently took a look at one the Inside Seattle newsletters, which is why I’d like to personally invite you to join the newsletter. Please feel free to send me any interesting news you would like to see covered in this newsletter. You can reach me directly at Nick.Shekeryk@Inside.com. I look forward to adding exciting local news to your inbox each week! — Nick Shekeryk

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  We can expect rain Wednesday and Thursday, with a 2-day high/low of 68/50 degrees Fahrenheit.

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1. Amazon has moved forward with plans to pay employees to leave their jobs to start small businesses that ship Prime packages. The Seattle-based e-commerce and the tech giant said it would offer its current employees $10,000, three months’ salary and Amazon-branded vans and uniforms to create local shipping hubs in cities and towns across America. This plan comes on the heels of Amazon expressing interest in offering one-day shipping for Prime members. “Tens of thousands” of employees have shown interested in the offer, according to the company’s SVP of Worldwide Operations, Dave Clark. – CNN BUSINESS

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2. A 25-acre plot of undeveloped land previously used to store military vehicles for the Washington National Guard may become Seattle’s newest neighborhood. City planners have proposed the construction of a new neighborhood between the Magnolia and Interbay neighborhoods that would possibly house more than 5,000 residents and include shopping, childcare facilities, and parks. – KIRO RADIO

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3. By the Numbers: Why Washington is #1 in 2019
Washington jumped 5 spots from last year to top the US News and & World report’s list of ‘Best States’ in America. Below are some of the factors— with national rankings— that contribute to the Evergreen State being the most desirable in the union:

  • Infrastructure (#2) - Seattle has been growing, but so has the city's ability to support the increased population. Plans for light rail expansion and the construction of residential areas are more advanced than most cities in the US.
  • Economy (#3) - The booming tech industry is contributing to health stimulation of the economy.
  • Education (#4) - 62 percent of Washington residents are college graduates.
  • Health Care (#4) Washington is revolutoninzg health care, with recent trends such as becoming the first state to enter the private health insurance market.

Every week, we will offer tidbits of information to help you increase your statistical knowledge of all things related to the Pacific Northwest. If you have any interesting stats you'd like to see posted in an upcoming issue of Inside Seattle, reply to this email!
 

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4. City Council ruled in favor of reviewing a proposal to ease restrictions for building mother-in-law units and backyard cottages in Seattle. The proposed Environmental Impact Statement would give residents the ability to construct accessory-dwelling units without the need for providing off-street parking or property owners having to live on-site. The goal of the EIS would be to allow multiple residents to live on one property while also limiting the construction of McMansions throughout the city. – SEATTLE TIMES

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5. Dozens of officers have left the Seattle Police Department within the last year, citing issues such as “hyper-aggressive oversight” and a “non-supportive city government” among their reasons for leaving in exit interviews. – KUOW

6. Seattle-based environmental conservation and sustainability non-profit Forterra wants to relocate the 300-person populated Skagit County town of Hamilton to a nearby 45-acre plot of land it bought to give residents of the flood-ridden city a safer and more eco-friendly quality of life. – SEATTLE TIMES

7. The Washington Department of Transportation has reported an average of 5,300 vehicles using the SR-99 tunnel during weekdays since it opened to the public three months ago. WSDOT has also reported some interesting changes to traffic patterns within the greater Seattle area. Has the closing of the Alaskan Viaduct and the opening of the SR-99 tunnel impacted your commute? If so, in what way(s)? We want to know! – KIRO RADIO

8. Being a safe drive in Seattle can become financially rewarding through the Seattle Department of Transportation’s third annual ‘Seattle’s Safest Driver’ challenge. The eight-week competition, which began on Monday, allows local drivers to measure elements of their driving styles such as speed, acceleration and breaking habits, and distraction levels, for a chance to win a $5,000 cash prize. The contest runs through the first week of July. – MY NORTHWEST

9. Local researcher and reporter Chris Rufo recently identified Ballard as ‘ground zero’ of Seattle’s trash issue. On a local radio show, Rufo described his ‘Seattle Trash Map,’ which pinpointed overwhelming amounts of the city’s garbage being generated in homeless encampments in neighborhoods such as Ballard and Sodo. – KIRO RADIO

10. Charlotte the Red Wolf gave birth to eight pups at the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma this past weekend. The litter of endangered red wolves is the second to be born at the zoo in the last seven years. – KIRO NEWS

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Nick Shekeryk has a professional background rich in digital marketing and media. His work has appeared in The Seattle Times, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, New York Post, The Post-Standard, and on MSN.com, among others. He has a graduate degree in journalism from Syracuse University, as well as creative writing and philosophy degrees from Seattle University. He lives in Seattle, WA, and spends his spare time playing and coaching baseball, running half marathons, and seeing as much live music as possible. You can follow Nick on Twitter at @NickShekeryk.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside); Susmita Baral (senior editor at Inside, who runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram); and David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology).

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