Alaska Airlines Sought Our Opinion on Seattle's Urban Resurgence

When writing about the Urban Renaissance in Seattle, Alaska Airlines looked to RSIR for insights. The article reads,

"From Seattle to southern Arizona, urban centers are revitalizing as transit boosts access to and from cities; high density development makes neighborhood commercial activity viable; and existing amenities such as parks are reimagined for 21st century residents who utilize them for everything from picnics to fitness.

Seattle is investing heavily in its transportation infrastructure. Construction has begun on a 3.15-mile extension of the city’s light-rail system. When completed, it will connect the University of Washington and Capitol Hill neighborhoods to downtown Seattle and the airport. At the same time, service will soon start on the First Hill Streetcar, a 2-mile line that connects the International District to the dynamic arts neighborhood of Capitol Hill. And longer range plans call for light-rail extensions into the Eastside communities adjoining Lake Washington, such as Bellevue and Kirkland.

'All these projects are game changers,' observes Dean Jones, principal at Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty in Seattle, a long-term figure in the Emerald City real estate development industry.pic

'In essence, the South Lake Union Streetcar helped to activate the whole neighborhood’s development boom. Now there are high-rise projects going in on First Hill in anticipation of the new streetcar there,' Jones reports.

'This phenomenon happens wherever light-rail extends—even out in the suburbs. We anticipate numerous large planned community developments along these lines for years into the future.'"

Read the complete article here.