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Can Seattle Become a Hockey Town?

Can Seattle become a hockey town? If the highest level of professional hockey calls Seattle home, what would that mean to the Seattle residents who do not care about the sport? Today’s episode brings you several perspectives on the existing hockey community in Seattle and what hockey could mean to all residents, sports fans and non-sports fans alike. Interviews with Executive Director of the Seattle Sports Commission Ralph Morton; John Barr, a hockey enthusiast behind the NHL to Seattle...

Duration: 00:53:26

City Budget, Growth, and the Arena

How will growth and the potential for a new sports and entertainment arena affect the city’s budget? Hear from City Budget Office director Ben Noble and UW professor Justin Marlowe.

Duration: 00:52:57

A Former Mayor's Perspective on Seattle's Growth

Former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn shares gives rare insight into Seattle’s past, present, and future. The mayor of Seattle from 2010 until the end of 2013 converses about the topics from Season 1 and Season 2 of Seattle Growth Podcast. In particular McGinn discusses how rapid growth is affecting residents, businesses, and city leaders. McGinn also weighs in on the arena debate the continues several years after his office agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding with Chris Hansen's Sodo arena...

Duration: 00:31:10

Growth of Seattle Sports Tech

This special episode gives you an inside look at a burgeoning industry with potential to further drive growth in this city. Jeff Shulman had an opportunity to visit the Geekwire Sports Tech Summit and interview individuals uniquely involved in the the sports tech. In this episode: Taylor Soper, sports tech reporter for Geekwire, describes how Vicis, Amazon, and Microsoft are driving sports tech in the region and what can be expected in the future. Former NHL player and co-founder of...

Duration: 00:31:04

Seattle Center's Future & Key Arena

This episode gives you a better understanding of how public resources may be deployed in bringing the NBA and NHL to Seattle and in improving Seattle Center. In this episode, City Councilmember Rob Johnson describes the process by which the proposals to renovate Key Arena and the proposal to build a SODO arena will be evaluated and offers insight into the pros and cons of each. Developer Sam Farrazaino offers an alternative vision for repurposing Key Arena should a development in SODO...

Duration: 00:54:41

S2 Ep. 11: Get What You Want From City Council

Former Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark gives guidance on how to effectively engage city government. She shares the best way to communicate your opinions along with some do’s and don’ts. Her guidance applies to those following the discussion on the arena decision facing the council as well as to anyone who has a passion about a city issue. In this episode, host Jeff Shulman reveals that he is not actually a Sonics fan. However, he discusses how he has been moved by people who have...

Duration: 00:30:37

S2 Ep. 10: Chris Hansen & Efforts to Bring Back the Sonics

In the nearly 10 years since the NBA franchise Seattle Supersonics left for Oklahoma City, several people have been working tirelessly to bring the Sonics back to Seattle. This episode gives you a window into the hearts and minds of two people working for several years to return Seattle to the league of cities playing host to professional basketball. In this episode you will hear from: 1. Chris Hansen; the leader of a group of investors attempting to bring an NBA franchise to an arena in...

Duration: 00:42:11

S2 Ep. 9: Seattle Real Estate Trends and Effect of Sonics Arena

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...

Duration: 00:53:25

S2 Ep. 8: Key Arena Remodel and the Transformation of Seattle Uptown

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...

Duration: 00:57:20

S2 Ep. 7: Sonics, Lenny Wilkens, and Seattle Residents in Need

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...

Duration: 00:46:06

S2 Ep. 6: Sonics, Detlef Schrempf, & Seattle Residents in Need

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....

Duration: 00:39:50

S2 Ep. 5: Seattle’s Children and a Sonics Return

How would the children of Seattle be affected by the presence of the NBA? To explore this question, this episode features: Legendary Sonics player Slick Watts, who has helped cultivate future NBA talent such as Jason Terry and Jamal Crawford while coaching youth basketball in Seattle for decades. He describes how his playing days influenced his contributions to the community. Colin Davenport, a youth coach who grew up in Seattle while the Sonics were here. He describes how the Sonics...

Duration: 00:57:15

S2 Ep. 4: Supersonics and Seattle's Super Traffic

How would a return of the Sonics affect your evening commute? With two arena locations under city consideration, this episode gives you the scoop on how each of them would affect you. Given common perceptions about the Mercer corridor, what you hear will likely surprise you. In this episode: 3-time NBA All-Star Detlef Schrempf discusses his time playing at Seattle’s Key Arena. Scott Kubly, Director of Seattle Department of Transportation, discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the...

Duration: 00:34:49

S2 Ep. 3: The SoDo Arena and Port Jobs

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...

Duration: 00:48:15

S2 Ep 2: SoDo Arena Group: Purpose, Plan, Next Steps

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: Pete Nordstrom, co-president of Nordstrom) describes what basketball has meant to him and how his experience as a team owner influences his...

Duration: 00:44:03

Bonus: Tim Burgess talks Sonics

Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess talks about City Council's role in the process of bringing back the Sonics.

Duration: 00:20:24

S2 Ep. 1 Learning from the Sonics Departure

Why should you care about a potential return of the Sonics? Because the story is more complex than you might imagine. Yes, there is considerable enthusiasm for bringing them back. But their return requires addressing some tough questions. Will your tax dollars go toward subsidizing an NBA-ready arena? Where would an arena go? How would an arena affect the surrounding real estate, jobs, traffic, and other aspects of life in the city? How can the positive effects of an NBA franchise be...

Duration: 00:37:18

S2 Ep00 Return of the Sonics?

Seattle Growth Podcast returns for a second season to explore how a return of the NBA franchise Seattle Supersonics would impact you and life in this growing city. As Seattle has experienced rapid growth, efforts to return the Sonics to the Emerald City are picking up steam. Whether you are a basketball fan or not, you will gain perspective on how the Sonics would affect real estate, community, traffic, jobs, taxes, and more. Featuring interviews with: Lenny Wilkens Slick Watts Wally...

Duration: 00:04:10

The Artist And The Developer

What happens to an artist and a locally owned coffee house in a rapidly growing city when they encounter a for-profit developer? The events of this podcast might surprise you. And this unexpected true story has implications not just for developers, artists, and small businesses, but for anyone concerned about the future of their community. Featuring Jane Richlovsky, Greg Smith, Ali Ghambari, and Karen True

Duration: 00:27:46

Ep. 11: Seattle Public Utility Infrastructure

Are Seattle’s public utilities prepared for the influx of people? Hear from Ray Hoffman, former Director of Seattle Public Utilities, which oversees water, sewage, and solid waste management. In an in-depth interview, he shares which utilities are ready to expand with demand and which utilities concern him. Hear from Larry Weis, CEO of Seattle City Light, share the impact of new development on electricity usage. He also shares what changes have been made in reaction to the population...

Duration: 00:49:23

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