The Seattle Times is reporting that, for the first time in 100 years, Seattle is growing faster than the suburbs that surround it. During 2011-2012, Seattle's population outpaced King County's by 25%.
Seattle is the 8th fastest growing city in the U.S. of the 50 largest cities (Austin, Texas is number one).
So was this - as the district's freelance demographic consultant said a couple of years back - caused by families who might ordinarily have moved to the suburbs but didn't (either they wanted to stay and/or the recession)? Or is it just temporary? Car culture suburbs or dense, walkable city?
I can only say you can't swing a dead cat in this town without encountering construction. I live by Roosevelt and that light rail station work is really heating up. Ditto on downtown (the Mercer Mess is still the Mercer Mess), Ballard and Capital Hill.
If it continues, SPS will have some hard decisions to make. Double-shifts for high schools? Leasing space (when there is no SPS space left)?