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Empty Lots Abound: Why Are There So Many Vacant Properties Near Rainier Beach Light Rail?

by Erica C. Barnett

Plans to turn some of the land immediately adjacent to the Rainier Beach light rail station into the centerpiece of a new “food innovation district”—a proposed network of food businesses and food-related activities aimed at creating living-wage jobs and preventing displacement in the Rainier Valley—remain stalled, after a property that advocates hoped would serve as the hub for that district sold last month to a company controlled by a local landlord who owns numerous single-family homes in the area. Continue reading Empty Lots Abound: Why Are There So Many Vacant Properties Near Rainier Beach Light Rail?