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Posted on May 25, 2016 by Jeff Reifman

Update on Amazon’s Impact on a Ballard Street

My post last May about Amazon’s impact on a Ballard neighborhood street proved quite popular, especially on Slashdot’s: Visual Walk Through Amazon’s Impact On One Seattle Neighborhood. You may remember there were two houses sold as lots: Here’s what those lots look like now, a third house beside the lot will be torn down shortly: Read More

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Posted on May 8, 2016 by Jeff Reifman

Microsoft Revenue Quietly Surpasses $1 Trillion

Microsoft recently surpassed $1 trillion in cumulative revenues. Similarly, Amazon’s earned more than a half trillion. Yet, Washington State still can’t afford to pay for education, transportation, police and other vital services and resources.

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Posted on May 5, 2016 by Jeff Reifman

Forget Boeing, Microsoft’s Tax Break Costs $776 Million

On Tuesday, The Seattle Times’ columnist Danny Westneat expressed shock that Boeing’s tax breaks cost the state $304 million last year. He failed to mention that the legislature’s actions in 2010 allowed Microsoft to save $776 million in taxes this year. And, he probably didn’t mention it because he didn’t know its scope — The Read More

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Posted on April 27, 2016 by Jeff Reifman

AmazonFresh Out of Washington State License Plates

When this AmazonFresh truck crashed into a Seattle building in January, one thing that was not a problem was its California state license plates. Certainly, corporations like Amazon are people but if you’re actually a person and don’t register your personal vehicle within 30 days of moving to Washington State, you face up to a year Read More

Posted on April 26, 2016 by Jeff Reifman

Seattle’s New Jesus

With its survival and ruin tied to Amazon, Seattle is worshipping a new Jesus: I spotted from outside a local Starbuck’s store and returned later to ask for the artist’s name — Sam Case, a local artist and barista.

Posted on April 24, 2016 by Jeff Reifman

New Seattle: Cyclists Cussing at the Elderly

With Seattle’s rapid growth, formerly sleepy Greenwood Ave has turned into a busy highway. The city has slowed the responsiveness of pedestrian walk buttons to maintain traffic speeds. This morning, I noticed an elderly woman crossing the street immediately after pressing the Walk button. She seemed to realize halfway across that something was wrong as a car and Read More

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Posted on April 16, 2016 by Jeff Reifman

Amazon Will House 200 Seattle Homeless for a Year

Amazon announced this week that it will commit one of its buildings to housing 200 Seattle homeless for the next year allowing a nonprofit organization to oversee the facilities. The former Travelodge motel faces demolition as part of the company’s tremendous growth in the city’s South Lake Union neighborhood. Let’s Commend Amazon It’s important to applaud Read More

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