How a rising minimum wage affects jobs in Seattle

Three years ago, Seattle became one of the first jurisdictions in the nation to embrace a $15-an-hour minimum wage, to be phased in over several years. Over the past week, two studies have purported to demonstrate the effects of the first stages of that increase — but with diverging results.

Mark C. Long, professor in the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, shares his perspective on the issue.

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American poverty is moving to the suburbs

American poverty is moving to the suburbs

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In his inaugural address, US president Donald Trump listed out the problems he saw in a declining America. At the top of his list: “Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities.” It was not the first time Trump had spoken of urban poverty. “Our inner cities are a disaster,” Trump said in the third presidential debate of 2016. “You get shot walking to the store. They have...

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Honoring Women Collaborators at Urban@UW

Honoring Women Collaborators at Urban@UW

credit: Jessica Hamilton

In honor of International Women’s Day, we are highlighting just some of UW’s brilliant female professors, scholars, and and change-makers with whom Urban@UW is proud to collaborate. Click on their names to explore their work.

Leadership:

Thaisa Way, Executive Director, Urban@UW; Department of Landscape Architecture

Executive Committee:

Margaret O’Mara, Department of History

Susan P. Kemp, School of Social Work<...

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Working with community to tackle homelessness

Working with community to tackle homelessness

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Seattle’s rapid rise in homelessness, coinciding with increasing costs in housing and living, have brought significant challenges to economically vulnerable populations in the Puget Sound. In spite of a sense of urgency regionally and in many areas of the country, sufficient resources, effective systemic fixes and broad support still have not come together to end homelessness.

As a research and teaching institution, the University of Washington seeks to develop strategies to address the...

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Reflections on Urban Environmental Justice in a Time of Climate Change

Reflections on Urban Environmental Justice in a Time of Climate Change

​Photo by: David de la Cruz

​On November 7th and 8th Urban@UW, in collaboration with the University of Washington’s Climate Impacts Group (CIG), hosted a symposium to begin transdisciplinary conversation on the multifaceted dynamics and consequences of Urban Environmental Justice in a Time of Climate Change (UEJ). Below are some reflections from this event, and a sample of the resources we’ll be sharing from our time together.

Urban environmental justice has been impacting cities...

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First Livable City Year projects underway; kickoff event Oct. 6

First Livable City Year projects underway; kickoff event Oct. 6

Jen Davison, Urban@UW, University of Washington

Not even a week has passed since the start of the quarter, and already a group of University of Washington public health students is deep into discovering the cultural flavor and identity of each neighborhood in a nearby city.

The project is a sizeable challenge: Students will pour over census and public health data, interview residents, photograph neighborhoods and summarize their findings in a report. The end result will help officials in...

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Midsummer in Full Swing, A July Recap

Midsummer in Full Swing, A July Recap

A collage of July’s news banners.

While we are in the midst of a beautiful summer, things at the University of Washington and at Urban@UW are moving right along. We’ve seen some original writing, research, and even a podcast come out of community covering topics from marine noise pollution to data science and minimum wage to police reforms.

The eScience Institute hosts Data Science for Social Good program looking at how data can be leveraged pressing urban...

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Minimum Wage Study: Effects of Seattle wage hike modest, may be overshadowed by strong economy

Minimum Wage Study: Effects of Seattle wage hike modest, may be overshadowed by strong economy

Flickr & Jonathan Miske

The lot of Seattle’s lowest-paid workers improved following the city’s minimum wage increase to $11 in 2015, but that was more due to the robust regional economy than the wage hike itself, according to a research team at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy & Governance.

Although the ordinance appears to have boosted wages for the city’s lowest-paid workers, the benefits of the increase may have been...

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Jeff Shulman and the Seattle Growth Podcast: An Office Hours Visit

Jeff Shulman and the Seattle Growth Podcast: An Office Hours Visit

Jeff Shulman

Jeff Shulman moved to Seattle a decade ago to begin his career at the University of Washington. In that short time, he’s watched Seattle’s dramatic and ongoing growth transform the city. This former South Lake Union resident has put together a thirteen-episode, in-depth look at how Seattle’s changes have affected real people. With nearly 100 interviews done to create the series, Shulman is looking forward to the July 26th launch of the Seattle...

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Looking ahead to July, Recapping June

Looking ahead to July, Recapping June

Jeffrey Beal (Wikimedia), Public Domain, Impact Hub, USDA Images,

Looking forward into July - Unlikely Allies is coming to Seattle right after July 4th weekend.

Impact Hub Seattle is hosting the Unlikely Allies: Future of Cities Festival in partnership with the Impact Hub Company - the organization that coordinates the network’s 89 locations worldwide. More than 200 delegates from 70 cities will be joining us for this exciting event!

Unlikely Allies is a two-day festival that takes place in...

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Quick Recap: Here’s What Happened in May!

Quick Recap: Here’s What Happened in May!

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May saw a lot of wonderful events, visitors, and research coming out of the University of Washington community. Here’s a quick recap:

The CBE PhD Program looked at the future of citiesPatricia Romero Lankao visited to talk about the human dimension of climate change Seattle’s “diverse neighborhoods” are actually surprisingly segregatedNew lighting research and design initiatives are underway for the UW campus Alexes Harris showed the severe handicap of...

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Seismic Neglect: Buildings and Earthquakes

Seismic Neglect: Buildings and Earthquakes

Kevin Galvin, FEMA News Photo Library

Seismic Neglect | In the first part of a continuing series, The Seattle Times examined officials’ neglect of the most vulnerable kind of building: old, brick structures called unreinforced masonry. Here are answers to some common questions about those buildings.

The Northwest is threatened by earthquakes far more destructive than anything Washington state has experienced in modern times, a danger lawmakers have largely disregarded. In the first part of a continuing series, The Seattle Times...

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Reading List for Patricia Romero Lankao Visit 5/11

Reading List for Patricia Romero Lankao Visit 5/11

Courtesy of Flickr User Ali Almazawi

In anticipation of Patricia Romero Lankao’s visit we thought you might enjoy these pieces to get a feel for her research and thinking.

Water in Mexico City: What Will Climate Change Bring to Its History of Water-Related Hazards and Vulnerabilities?—This research paper delves into the history and evolution of water related risks and crises in Mexico City in order to gain insight to socio-environmental challenges as a result of...

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Quick Recap: A Busy April!

Quick Recap: A Busy April!

Designed by Urban@UW, images courtesy of UW, Wikimedia, Flickr, African Centre for Cities

April saw a lot of wonderful developments here at the University of Washington, here’s a quick recap:

Our first Office Hours interview with John Vidale (more coming of these soon!) UW researchers continued to explore the effects of a $15/hr minimum wage. PBS premiered their 10 Parks that Changed America program featuring our own Thaisa Way and Iain Robertson of UW Edgar Pieterse delivered a fantastic talk about African urbanism! Joe Lott launched...

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Early Analysis of Seattle’s $15 Wage Law: Effect on Prices Minimal One Year After Implementation

Early Analysis of Seattle’s $15 Wage Law: Effect on Prices Minimal One Year After Implementation

Tom Sparks / Flickr

Most Seattle employers surveyed in a University of Washington-led study said in 2015 that they expected to raise prices on goods and services to compensate for the city’s move to a $15 per hour minimum wage.

But a year after the law’s April 2015 implementation, the study indicates such increases don’t seem to be happening.

The interdisciplinary Seattle Minimum Wage Study team, centered in the Evans School for Public Policy ...

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