Sonic Boom Day is coming April 17th! People from around the city will be sharing their voice with City Council on the same day so that wishes of Seattle residents can be heard loud and clear. Prepare with today’s episode, which focuses on how the arena location decision would affect your wallet through its effect on rents, home values, and further development.

In this episode:

Craig Kinzer, Founder and CEO of Kinzer Partners, explains the real estate development that should occur around a new arena.

Matthew Gardner, Chief Economist at Windermere Real Estate describes current trends in Seattle Real Estate and how they would be affected by a return of the Sonics and the arena location they call home.

Realtors Tyler Davis Jones and Phil Greely discuss what a return of the Sonics would mean to their lives and their business.

In this episode, you will learn:

  1. Is it a good time to buy or sell a home in Seattle?
  2. How would the arena location affect rents and home values in the surrounding areas?
  3. How would a return of the Sonics affect home values citywide?
  4. How would the arena’s location affect the development around it?

There are potentially three private groups vying to invest roughly half a billion dollars into a sports and entertainment complex in Seattle. The city is weighing a proposal for a SoDo arena and inviting proposals for a renovation of Seattle Center’s Key Arena. Decisions will soon be made and this episode helps you become further informed of the issues.


In this episode:


Get the scoop on how the city is approaching a potential Key Arena location from Brian Surratt, director of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development.


Get an inside look at Oak View Groups intentions to submit a proposal from Lance Lopes, director of special projects at Oak View Group.

Hear the challenges and opportunities the surrounding neighborhood sees from Debi Frausto (with Robert Cardona) who serves on the KeyArena Subcommittee Chair for the Seattle Uptown Alliance and is also on the Mayor’s Key Arena Advisory Panel.

This episode will give you a better understanding of how a Key Arena renovation could impact you and life in this city.

For more information on the Uptown Alliance, visit their website or their Facebook page. The Uptown Alliance conducted a survey on a Key Arena renovation. You can see the results here.

This episode gives you a behind the scenes look at the life and impact off the court of the first coach to deliver Seattle a professional sports championship. You will hear from Hall of Fame Sonics player and coach Lenny Wilkens about his upbringing and his motivation to help his community through the Lenny Wilkens Foundation for Children.

You will also hear from Dr. Ben Danielson of the Odessa Brown Clinic as he shares personal stories of how Lenny Wilkens has affected his life and the lives of the children he serves.

The episode continues our exploration of what a return of the Sonics could mean to Seattle. But much more than that, it provides a story of the difference one person can make in the lives around them. A story that will hopefully inspire others in our community.

In this episode, host Jeff Shulman calls upon listeners to “Live Like Lenny.” If you have time to do something good for the community, snap a picture and share on social media using #LiveLikeLenny.

Whether it is bringing food to a food bank, bringing clothes, blankets or supplies to a shelter, cleaning trash from a public space, or volunteering with a religious or secular organization, listeners are asked to show the ripple effect our positive role models can have on our community.

Though Seattle’s economy has grown dramatically, there are still many residents in need. This episode explores what a return of the Sonics could mean to the less fortunate residents of Seattle.

To explore this question, this episode gives you an inside look into the work of one of Seattle’s star athletes. While any basketball fan in the mid-90s recognizes the contributions Detlef Schrempf made on the court, this episode gives unique insights into the lives he changed off the court.

Recognized as a 3-time NBA All-star, the first german born player to lead a team to the NBA finals, and the player of choice for video game fans who played NBA jam, Detlef Schrempf left an indelible mark as a player for the Sonics. As a citizen in our community, his reach extends well beyond basketball enthusiasts.

The episode features in-depth interviews with:
Detlef Schrempf: Three-time NBA All-Star and two time Sixth Man of the Year.
Nicole Morrison: Executive Director of the Detlef Schrempf Foundation

Lauren Henry: A beneficiary of Detlef Schrempf’s contributions to Rise N’ Shine.

You will learn what Detlef Schrempf has accomplished with his foundation and what motivated him to make the contributions here in Seattle.

As decisions are being made at the city level that could pave the way for a return of the Sonics, this episode gives a better understanding of how these decisions would affect the interwoven fabric of people who call Seattle home.

What do Seattle’s children have to gain from a return of NBA basketball to the city?

Episode 5 of the Seattle Growth Podcast, season 2, explores how decisions being made at the civic level regarding a return of the Seattle Supersonics might impact future generations of Seattle youth.

Legendary Sonic Slick Watts discusses how his NBA playing days influenced his contributions to the community, including decades of youth coaching and development that yielded the cultivation of NBA prospects Jason Terry and Jamal Crawford.

Colin Davenport, a youth coach who grew up in Seattle, describes how the Sonics shaped his life.

Pat Dobel, a University of Washington professor and creator of the sports blog “Point of the Game,” shares his experiences in the personal development of collegiate athletes and cautions against expecting too much from the return of the NBA.

Also, tweets from Sonics fans and Seattle Growth Podcast listeners.

How would a return of the Sonics affect your evening commute? With two arena locations under city consideration, this episode brings you the scoop on how each of them would affect you.

In this episode, you will hear:

  1. 3-time NBA All-Star Detlef Schrempf discusses his time playing at Seattle’s Key Arena.
  2. Scott Kubly, Director of Seattle Department of Transportation, discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the transportation network serving each location.
  3. Martin Duke, Editor at Seattle Transit Blog, describes the current and future state of transit serving the two locations.

The SoDo arena group was a street vacation away from being ready to invite the NBA to a modern Seattle arena, but the Port of Seattle has been an outspoken opponent. Find out exactly what the Port opposes and get a further understanding of why the Port is concerned about the SoDo arena.

In this episode, you will hear from Port of Seattle Commissioner John Creighton.

You will also get historical context about the Port of Seattle from former Port CEO Mic Dinsmore, who served in that capacity for 15 years from 1992 to 2007.

The episode concludes with the executive director of the Manufacturing Industrial Council Dave Gering who describes the local maritime industry and how he fears a SODO arena could impact not just the industry, but all residents of Seattle.

The city is in the midst of its decision-making process, and now is the time to become informed about the benefits and challenges associated with potential locations.

A local investment group led by Chris Hansen has a proposal to build an NBA arena in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood. Their proposal has the potential to impact you and life in this city.

You will learn what the SoDo arena group needs from the city to proceed and what they hope a return of the Sonics will mean to Seattle.

In this episode, you can hear:

  1. Pete Nordstrom, co-president of Nordstrom, describes what basketball has meant to him and how his experience as a team owner influences his efforts to bring the Sonics back to Seattle.
  2. Wally Walker, former Sonics player and team executive, shares details of the proposal and what it was like to be a player on the first professional sports team to bring  a championship to Seattle.


Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess talks about City Council’s role in the process of bringing back the Sonics in this bonus episode of Seattle Growth Podcast.

Just today, February 8th, Chris Hansen’s investment group submitted a new proposal for their arena in the Sodo neighborhood. The group’s original request for the vacation of a block of Occidental was turned down by City Council. This new proposal promises 100% private funding, a joint scheduling agreement, and the condition that the vacation will be valid only if a team is secured.

Prior to this proposal submitted today, I had the opportunity to sit down with City Councilmember Tim Burgess. He gave insight into how City Council will approach the process of paving way for an NBA-ready arena.