Commentary

As every first-year business student knows, a city’s economy is not considered “world class” until said city has erected at least four shrines to professional sports and these shrines remain empty and unused most days of the year.

It’s easy to be pessimistic about the outlook for 2017. After 90 months of growth, the economic expansion is aging and may not have much life left.

Investors do not lack opportunities to deploy their capital, but being able to generate respectable returns is much more difficult.

If you travel along Pike Street between Seventh and Ninth avenues in downtown Seattle, you’ve seen them. The boulders.

Seattle has recently taken major steps towards getting in front of the threat of a major earthquake.

Eighteen years isn’t much of a business lifespan, especially in a region that has companies from the Klondike gold rush still operating. But the dot-com boom and bust might as well date from the Paleozoic Era for all the notice and influence those events command today.

We are all responsible for maintaining the highest possible ethical standards in how we conduct our business and serve customers. After all, our culture is centered on relationships, and those relationships are built on trust.

On a recent sunny autumn morning, Amazon.com opened the doors of the high-security meeting center at its massive new downtown campus to 70 nonprofit organizations, which set up tables at the “Nonprofit Expo” to compete for the attention of the 1,000 or so Amazonians who showed up to explore volunteer opportunities.

The secret is out that Seattle is a great place to live. We have water, mountains, coffee and no shortage of innovation. That’s led to a milestone: For the first time, we’ve joined the ranks of the 10 most densely populated big cities in the United States.