Tomorrow at 9 a.m. I’ll be spending an hour talking about gentrification in Seattle on “Weekday” on KUOW. (That’s the local NPR affiliate for folks from elswhere.)
Joining me on the program will be former Seattle mayor Norm Rice (aka “the funniest mayor in America“); Stranger associate editor Charles Mudede (who has written eloquently about poverty and gentrification in Seattle’s Central District here, here, and here); and University of Washington professor of geography emeritus Richard Morrill.
Morrill’s latest Crosscut article on demographic trends in Seattle prompted me to write a rebuttal. Both pieces generated a large number of comments—not to mention some degree of rancor. Morrill’s a smart guy and he’s studied local demography closely, but in my opinion he sometimes omits important context or makes unsupportable assertions about why things are changing. So it should make for an interesting conversation.
If you can’t listen live, you can stream it or podcast it here.