Seattle tear-downs mapped: Ballard is the epicenter of change

34_100617The city of Seattle has issued 2,083 demolition permits for single-family or duplex properties since 2012. Year by year, no other neighborhood in Seattle has been as torn down and built up as Ballard.

As the city’s population continues growing and the housing market remains fierce, homebuilders say Seattle residents need to recognize the demand for housing, accept density as the answer and give people precedence over historic status structures.

But when it comes to the value of old charm, some builders say it’s everything.

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Cash is king: Seattle’s housing market is demoralizing, but not irrational

RRE060917Seattle’s housing market has been called many things — “berserk,” “insane,” “unhealthy,” “demoralizing” — and yet there’s one moniker everyone can agree upon: The Seattle housing market is red hot.

Transactions and sales volumes are down, but competition is soaring to the point that nearly one-in-five sales is an all-cash deal in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. At the market’s epicenter in Seattle, the median sales price for single-family homes hit $722,000 in April. The Eastside reached $880,000.

For buyers looking to settle down in the area, the price of admission is increasingly steep.

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F5 Tower is built to last

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Sandwiched between billion-dollar transportation projects and high-end apartments, commercial development in Seattle’s downtown core is skyrocketing.

But given the inevitability of a seismic event in the Puget Sound region, the towers that make up Seattle’s skyline need to withstand shakes and quakes of all magnitudes.

For the 44-story F5 Tower — where the networking company will move in 2019 — on Fifth Avenue and Columbia Street, engineers and architects pushed the boundaries of design — six degrees, to be exact — to prove a new way of building towers in seismic regions.

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‘55,000 people have seen me naked:’ A story of ‘revenge porn’ and the lawyers who are trying to stop it

RP080516The story how an emerging cyber crime is affecting the lives of hundreds of women in Washington state.
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