What the 2020 census data tells us about housing in Seattle

This is the second in a series of articles diving into the 2020 Census and what it reveals about Seattle. The first article looked at the impact on the upcoming City Council redistricting. This one looks at the housing data and how the numbers have changed over the past ten years. Future articles will look at changes in the racial and ethnic makeup of Seattle’s residents, and how each individual Council district has changed over the past ten years.

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Durkan returns City Council’s ban on less-lethal weapons unsigned, with a litany of critiques

(story updated below) On August 27th, with the City Council in recess, Mayor Durkan quietly returned unsigned the Council’s ordinance restricting SPD’s use of so-called “less lethal weapons,” allowing it to pass into law unchallenged at least for the moment. But she did take the opportunity to attach a scathing letter detailing a litany of complaints about the legislation, calling it “of doubtful legality,” and claiming that the Council knows that “significant parts of the bill will never go into effect” because of its flaws.

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