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Seattle Growth Podcast: Impact of a Sonics Return - Episode 4

How a SoDo project or a Seattle Center project could affect the city’s traffic

Jeff Shulman (Seattle Growth Podcast)
Seattle Growth Podcast

Need to learn more about the various issues surrounding the efforts to build a new arena and return the SuperSonics franchise to Seattle and the NBA? A great new resource has you covered.

Jeff Shulman, associate professor in marketing at UW’s Foster School of Business, hosts a critically-acclaimed podcast exploring and discussing the economic and population growth of the city of Seattle. In its second season, the Seattle Growth Podcast will tackle the impact of a potential return of the Sonics on the city.

Shulman hopes to offer perspective on the team’s and arena’s effects on real estate, traffic, taxes, employment, and the overall community. He’ll be speaking in-depth with residents, business owners, academic experts, city leaders & officials, as well as former Sonics players and owners to help inform the discussion.

We’re happy to present each episode as they become available.

Episode 4: Seattle SuperSonics and Seattle Super Traffic

The fourth episode explores one of the biggest issues surrounding any arena effort in the city of Seattle: traffic. Both proposed locations — the Stadium District in SoDo and the KeyArena redevelopment site at Seattle Center in Lower Queen Anne -- present traffic challenges and a potential advantage goes to which project offers the most feasible traffic solutions.

Featured guests are:

  • Former NBA All-Star and Sonics small forward Detlef Schrempf on playing at KeyArena
  • Scott Kubly, Director of the Seattle Department of Transportation
  • Martin Duke, editor of the Seattle Transit Blog, on the current and future states of transit at both locations

Explore more from Episode 4: Seattle SuperSonics and Seattle Super Traffic here.