The Spotlight is on Seattle: Seattle Market Review, April 2012

Seattle's South Lake Union Neighborhood

Photo by Randy Wick

Seattle Earns Top Praise for Journalism, Lifestyles and Jobs Growth

The latest edition of Seattle Market Review is out and it’s popping with top accolades for the Emerald City.  Seattle’s shower of  positive attention starts with a couple Pulitzer prizes for local journalists.

The Seattle Times, won its 9th Pulitzer Prize based on Michael J. Berens and Ken Armstrong’s investigative three-part series titled, Methodone and the Politics of Pain.”

More than 2,000 of Washington State’s most vulnerable citizens lost their lives after accidentally overdosing on methodone, the state’s financially motivated preferred painkiller for Medicaid and workers compensation recipients. The series prompted the state to issue an emergency advisory warning of the risks of methodone and resulted in new guidelines that recommend its use only as a last resort. Washington’s new pain program is a model for other states that are taking similar action and thereby saving countless lives.

Eli Sanders, associate editor of The Stranger, won the Pulitzer in feature writing for his story “The Bravest Woman in Seattle,” about a South Park woman recounting, at trial, the brutal 2009 attack that took the life of her partner. Congratulations to both publications for their standout work!

Seattle also raked in a couple lifestyle rankings:

  • The city takes top spot for smarts, tech savviness and high-octane coffee in  America’s Best City for Hipsters (Travel and Leisure magazine) survey. The survey highlights the emerging South Lake Union neighborhood and re-vitalized Ballard as prime examples of “buttoned-down geek chic.”
  • Top Ten Smart, Sustainable Cities, ranking 5th. What is a smart, sustainable city, you ask? It’s “one that uses technologies in the field of information and communication to become much more intelligent in the way it handles resources to ensure savings via cost and energy.” Boston, San Jose, San Diego and Austin take the first four spots.
  • U.S. Job Growth (W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University), ranking 5th. Houston, Atlanta, Denver and Dallas round out the Top 5 cities, for year-over year growth January 2011 – 2o12. In the same study, Washington state ranked 15th nationally.

All these honors and rankings bode well for Seattle’s consideration as a must-buy media and product-placement city, encourage tourism,  in-migration and investment. The jobs growth, in particular, is encouraging news considering the continuing lackluster economy overall and turnstile of added/deleted jobs in the Seattle market, which also are highlighted in the April Seattle Market Review. Research curator Steve Fuller covers all the latest in the region’s Labor Market, Retail openings and closings, Regional Development, a very active Travel Market and, a hopefully moderating local Economy.

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