Seattle Growth Podcast has returned for a 5th season. The focus of this season is a topic that affects everyone in Seattle: Homelessness.

 

Whether you find yourself at risk of homelessness or you see the tents lining the streets and parks or you’ve seen fellow community members at the edge of survival, you have likely been affected by this key issue facing our city.

 

In this season, you will have an opportunity to get to know some of the members of our community who are experiencing or have experienced homelessness. You will hear from civic leaders about efforts to address this challenge. And you will hear stories of how individuals and organizations are working to make a difference.

 

Seattle Growth Podcast is about bringing a constructive dialog to controversial issues facing us all. To this end, you will hear from fellow community members who offer a variety of different viewpoints.

 

Some of the voices this season will help you become a better informed citizen as the city wrestles with decisions that could profoundly affect you and shape Seattle for decades to come. Other voices will share simple ways to take action that can help you feel empowered improve lives around you

 

Today’s episode brings a face to homelessness with an interview with Ty who was living outside City Hall.

 

The episode also gives an overview of the regional approach to addressing homelessness in an interview with King County Executive Dow Constantine. Executive Constantine is a Seattle native and fourth-generation Washingtonian with three degrees from the University of Washington serving his third term as KC Executive.  

The episode also features a check in on housing affordability with Robert Wasser, a 2005 Foster School of Business graduate, Owner of Prospera Real Estate, Director of Northwest Multiple Listing Service, and President of the Independent Brokers Association. He’s uncovered interesting data on home sales and rental rates and shares what the future may hold for those looking to find a housing in Seattle.

To learn more about One Table discussed by Executive Constantine, visit its website. For more updates on real estate, you can follow Robert Wasser on Twitter @ProsperaRealty where he shares breaking real estate trends.

This special episode of Seattle Growth Podcast brings you more information about the proposed ordinance that can change the way public spaces are used in neighborhoods throughout Seattle. Seattle City Council is considering a proposal that will set rules dictating the city’s response to unsanctioned encampments on public property. A recent draft can be found here

The proposal has made headlines, but Seattle Growth Podcast is the first to bring you in-depth interviews from multiple perspectives closest to issue. City Councilmember Rob Johnson discusses the proposal and why he co-sponsored it. City Councilmember Tim Burgess discusses why he is opposed to the proposal and what he believes should be done instead.

For a perspective outside of government, the episode also includes an interview with the CEO of the Downtown Seattle Association: Jon Scholes.

For those of you who would like to have your voice heard on either side of this issue, you may find the City Councilmembers’ contact information below:

Lisa Herbold
206-684-8803
lisa.herbold@seattle.gov
Bruce Harrell
206-684-8804
bruce.harrell@seattle.gov
Kshama Sawant
206-684-8016
kshama.sawant@seattle.gov
Rob Johnson
206-684-8808
rob.johnson@seattle.gov
Debora Juarez
206-684-8805
debora.juarez@seattle.gov
Mike O’Brien
206-684-8800
mike.obrien@seattle.gov
Sally Bagshaw
206-684-8801
sally.bagshaw@seattle.gov
Tim Burgess
206-684-8806
tim.burgess@seattle.gov
Lorena Gonzales
206-684-8802
lorena.gonzalez@seattle.gov

You may contact all city council members in a single email using council@seattle.gov

 

Seattle Growth Podcast Live Announcement

Also, be sure to join UW Foster professor Jeff Shulman, who hosts Seattle Growth Podcast, for Seattle Growth Podcast Live on October 17th.

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Shulman will moderate a distinguished panel of community leaders in a discussion about how to address the growth-related challenges and opportunities that will shape Seattle’s future. The panel includes:

John Connors John Creighton Maggie Walker
Ignition Partners Port of Seattle Commissioner Civic Leader

The panel discussion will be preceded by a networking opportunity during a reception with appetizers and a cash bar.

Where: Impact Hub Seattle. See Location and Parking information.

When: Monday, October 17th, 6pm to 8pm

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The event is sponsored by

UW Foster Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship and Impact Hub Seattle 

 

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.