Morning Fizz: Support the Ongoing Transformation
Our Friday Likes & Dislikes featuring how we really felt about this week's news.
1. Fizz LIKES that the state GOP communications plan we outed earlier this week (they've since removed it from their website) plans to tie Democrats to Obama and the "stagnant" economy while the news hit this month that the U.S. job market is the best it's been in 13 years.
The number of job openings across the U.S. economy reached a 13-year high in June and workers showed increasing willingness to quit, signaling steady improvement in the labor market.
U.S. employers had 4.7 million job openings on the last business day of June, up from 4.6 million a month earlier, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That marked the highest number of openings since February 2001. The number of workers hired ticked up to 4.8 million from May's 4.7 million.
Meanwhile, 2.53 million Americans quit a job in June, up from 2.49 million in May and the highest level since June 2008, when the U.S. economy was in recession.
Tuesday's report, known as the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or Jolts, suggests mounting strength and more flexibility in the U.S. labor market.
Companies posting more job openings and stepping up hiring typically reflects stronger sales and an improved outlook for the U.S. economy. And when more workers voluntarily quit jobs, that is usually a sign they are confident enough they'll find other—often better-paying—jobs.
2. Fizz LIKES that Weyerhaeuser CEO Doyle Simons' explanation for the company's headline decision to move its headquarters from suburban Federal Way to Pioneer Square in downtown Seattle read like a post from the Atlantic's CityLab tumblr, decrying the inefficiency of the 20th Century campus business model while embracing 21st Century tenets of urbanism. (Think Richard Florida job markets and public transit).
There are two main drivers behind this decision. First, the size of our Federal Way campus is too large ... operating this 430-acre campus is very costly. ... Seattle is one of the country’s fastest growing cities, offering a larger pool of talent than any other location in the Puget Sound region .. It also has the power to draw talent from across the country and internationally. .. We chose the south downtown area of Seattle because it is optimally located for public transit from multiple directions. We are committed to continuing to subsidize the cost of transit using commuter programs in the region...
3. And while Microsoft hasn't quite figured it out yet by moving to Seattle as well, we do LIKE that Sound Transit and the city of Redmond announced yesterday that they're building a ped and bike bridge connecting the future Overlake Village light rail station with the regional trail on the west side of SR 520.
Also sounding like he's been reading CityLab's urbansit propoganda (LIKE), Redmond Mayor and Sound Transit Board Member John Marchione said the bike and ped bridge "will increase light rail ridership and support the ongoing transformation of Overlake Village into a vibrant and transit-supportive urban center.”
The Overlake Station is one stop south of the final Eastlink stop by Microsoft at the Overlake Transit Center (Eastlink is set to open in 2023).
The Sound Transit announcement noted that the $19 million project (set to open in 2020):
Follows an earlier agreement between Sound Transit, the City of Redmond and Microsoft Corporation for another pedestrian and bicycle bridge across SR 520 further east at Overlake Transit Center. Supported with $33.3 million in Microsoft funding and planned to open in 2020, the bridge will make the nearby Link light rail station more useful for transit riders, Microsoft employees and visitors and the general public.
4. Fizz LIKES that the cranky neighbors at last night's Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) open house at the Miller Park Community Center about the planned greenway in the neighborhood between E. Roanoke St. and E. Madison St. (largely along 23rd Ave. E. and 21st Ave. E.) complained that the residential streets were too narrow too accommodate bikes.
(Too narrow for bikes, but ...)
Unwittingly pointing out her sense of auto entitlement to the public right of way, one woman groused: "You're trying to get us to stop driving cars."
5. Fizz LIKES that Seattle Met Style Editor Laura Cassidy has volunteered her rolling clothes hanger for PubliCola's parklet plan.
Today is the last day to appy to SDOT's PARK(ing) Day program when the public can commandeer street parking spots for a day and transform them into ped-friendly zones.