Hear from the neighbors you’ve noticed but likely know little about. Learn about life in a Tent City, what a mother thinks about when living in a car with her two children, and why someone might move to Seattle without having a home to move into.

This episode gives you an inside look into the lives of some of Seattle’s residents who struggle with homeless: Ty Sanders (4:49) who lives on the streets, Stu Tanquist (11:18) who I met in Tent City 7, and Charlotte Wheelock (22:25) who I met in Mary’s Place family shelter. You will also hear from Janie Hendrix (2:40), CEO of Experience Hendrix and sister of the late, great musician Jimi Hendrix; and from Parker Ferguson (3:01), founding partner at Flinn Ferguson commercial real estate services. The episode features an in-depth interview with the executive director of Mary’s Place, Marty Hartman (35:42), who provides expert opinion on how to address the challenges of the rising homeless population.

With an appearance by Mike Gibbons of Tent City 7.

Learn what it takes to buy a starter home in Seattle and how that has changed over the years. First hear Seattle Mayor Ed Murray share what the people of Seattle can do to help improve their neighborhoods.

Then Rob Wasser (5:02), owner and designated broker of Prospera Real Estate and a member of the Northwest MLS board of directors, shares data on affordability in Seattle, as well as how the conversion of single-family homes to townhomes is affecting that affordability.

Brad Evered (25:41), a broker with Caliber Home Loans, discusses the changes in lending standards over his 20 years in the business, and translates the current parameters to the levels of income, debt and savings necessary to buy a home in Seattle today.

The episode also features appearances by Seattle homeowners and house hunters Kathy Kelley, Leslie Basel, Loren West and Dan Morgan.

Why is Seattle’s tech sector booming? What challenges does Seattle’s growth create for business leaders? To find out, listen to:

Rob Johnson; Seattle City Council (1:25)
Parker Ferguson; Partner at Flinn Ferguson (2:30)
Chris Devore; Techstars, Founders’ Co-Op, Seattle’s Economic Development Commission (3:20)
Sunil Gowda; Founder of Garmentory (25:35)
Vinayak Hegde; Chief Marketing Officer at Groupon (36:15)

 

A 13 episode in-depth look at how Seattle’s economic and population growth affects real people, businesses, and city leaders. Almost 100 interviews were conducted by University of Washington professor Jeff Shulman for this podcast.

Hear varying perspectives on economic and population growth in this introduction to the Seattle Growth Podcast – a 13 episode serial covering the rise of Seattle’s tech sector, housing affordability, homelessness, schools, transportation and more. In this episode: City Councilmember Mike O’Brien, Seattle lawyer Craig Sherman, Groupon CMO Vinayak Hegde, Walter Hudson, and Ty Sanders.