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Seattle in Progress
Seattle in Progress maps new and upcoming real estate projects, including a commercial and residential development boom driven by Amazon’s growth north of downtown.

Seattle in five years will be very different from the city today, if Amazon and the rest of the tech community to grow at a rapid pace. So how will that affect transportation, cost of living, and the underlying social dynamics of the city? We’ve been exploring that topic in recent weeks on GeekWire, with stories about Amazon’s growth and the company’s impact on housing and culture.

Ethan Phelps-Goodman, founder of Seattle in Progress.
Ethan Phelps-Goodman, founder of Seattle in Progress, in the KIRO Radio studios.

This week on the GeekWire radio show, we’re joined by a member of the tech community who is literally mapping Seattle’s future. Our guest in the studio is Ethan Phelps-Goodman, a former Facebook engineer who is the founder of Seattle in Progress, a social impact startup using technology to increase civic participation and build a community around urban development issues.

The startup’s first app uses construction permits and design proposals to show how the city will evolve in the months and years ahead — leveraging publicly available data from the city, but packaging it up in a much more accessible way.

The conversation with Phelps-Goodman begins in the second segment of the show, starting at 10:00 in the audio player below. The show begins with a recap of our GeekWire Newsmakers of the Year for 2014, as unveiled at the GeekWire Gala.

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