May. 17th, 2011

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Here's an interesting blog post from an economist about Seattle and its recent economic success:

http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/08/how-seattle-transformed-itself/
As the 2010 Census rolls out, much of the attention of news organizations is focused on the continuing growth of Texas and Florida, but there is much to be learned from the less extreme, but still significant, population growth in less sunny places, like Seattle.

Seattle is one of the few large cities outside the Sun Belt that is growing more quickly than the country as a whole. The city’s growth reveals the benefits of concentrating smart people in dense cities.


Personally, I take issue with the idea that Seattle is dense (dense compared to Houston maybe), but but there are interesting points about how Seattle went from the generally poor birthplace to grunge to a fairly booming city.

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