$660M KeyArena deal submitted to Seattle City Council | KING5.com

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and the Oak View Group (OVG) have a formal agreement to build a $600 million privately financed arena at Seattle Center, with tens of millions more in transportation mitigation.

The deal calls for construction to begin next year and be complete by 2020.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), as it is commonly known, was formally submitted to the Seattle City Council on Tuesday morning in the Select Committee for Civic Arenas.

Source: $660M KeyArena deal submitted to Seattle City Council | KING5.com

‘It’s never too late to say we’re sorry’: Seattle leaders respond to Amazon plans to establish second HQ outside its hometown | Geekwire

Amazon announced plans early Thursday morning to open a second headquarters “fully equal” to its Seattle home, calling on local governments across North America to submit proposals. The news immediately ignited speculation that the e-commerce giant is outgrowing its hometown and introduced questions about whether Amazon’s complex relationship with Seattle is to blame.

Source: ‘It’s never too late to say we’re sorry’: Seattle leaders respond to Amazon plans to establish second HQ outside its hometown

Tacoma shopping Old City Hall as McMenamins takes its time with Elks Lodge | The News Tribune

Tacoma’s courtship to lock in a deal with McMenamins has ended with both parties agreeing it was in the city’s interest to seek other developers for the historic structure’s renaissance.

Source: Tacoma shopping Old City Hall as McMenamins takes its time with Elks Lodge | The News Tribune

Downtown Seattle hits record in development boom | KOMO News

If you’ve felt like cranes are taking over downtown Seattle you’re probably right. New numbers from the Downtown Seattle Association are in, and the development boom has hit a record. Officials said currently, 74 projects are under construction, which is a 14 percent up from this time last year.

Source: Downtown Seattle hits record in development boom

Forbes columnist Roger Valdez calls out Seattle’s Kshama Sawant | MyNorthwest.com

Forbes columnist Roger Valdez says that Seattle Councilmember Kshama Sawant should have her economics degree revoked for her recent statements.

Our councilmember should not only have her (economics) degree revoked, because she doesn’t understand basic economics, but she doesn’t even understand what she’s voted on, which is to impose fees on downtown, South Lake Union, and the U-District – exactly what she’s talking about.”

Source: Forbes columnist Roger Valdez calls out Seattle’s Kshama Sawant

Predicting the future: Tolling will start in your driveway | MyNorthwest.com

Former Washington State Department of Transportation Secretary Doug MacDonald predicts we’ll need tolling on every road in the future.

Source: Predicting the future: Tolling will start in your driveway

[Ed.: This is when freedom-loving people need to rise up and destroy the machine.]

World’s first light rail on a floating bridge: For I-90, Sound Transit had to invent ‘a brilliant solution’ | The Seattle Times

Sound Transit’s consultants have invented a flexing track connection, using earthquake science, to safely move future light-rail trains on the I‑90 floating bridge.

Source: World’s first light rail on a floating bridge: For I-90, Sound Transit had to invent ‘a brilliant solution’ | The Seattle Times

[Ed.: We say that the Sound Transit Board should be the test passengers across this thing on its maiden voyage and let’s make that during a November wind storm. The margins for being wrong are miniscule and the consequences are death and destruction.]

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