Microsoft 28 is located in Redmond. Furthermore, Bellevue is home to truck manufacturer Paccar Before moving its headquarters to Chicago, aerospace manufacturer Boeing 24 was the largest company based in Seattle. Its largest division, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, is still headquartered in nearby Renton. The company also has large aircraft manufacturing plants in Everett and Renton; it remains the largest private employer in the Seattle metropolitan area.
Major redevelopment of the South Lake Union neighborhood is underway in an effort to attract new and established biotech companies to the city, joining biotech companies Corixa acquired by GlaxoSmithKline , Immunex now part of Amgen , Trubion , and ZymoGenetics. Vulcan Inc. In , the Washington Global Health Alliance counted global health organizations in Washington state. Many are headquartered in Seattle. From until , Seattle was known as the "Queen City". Seattle is also referred to informally as the "Gateway to Alaska" for being the nearest major city in the contiguous U.
The city has two official slogans or mottos: "The City of Flowers", meant to encourage the planting of flowers to beautify the city, and "The City of Goodwill", adopted prior to the Goodwill Games. Seattle has been a regional center for the performing arts for many years. The century-old Seattle Symphony Orchestra has won many awards and performs primarily at Benaroya Hall.
The 5th Avenue Theatre , built in , stages Broadway-style musical shows  featuring both local talent and international stars. Seattle is considered the home of grunge music,  having produced artists such as Nirvana , Soundgarden , Alice in Chains , Pearl Jam , and Mudhoney , all of whom reached international audiences in the early s.
Over the years, a number of songs have been written about Seattle. The Seattle Poetry Festival is a biennial poetry festival that launched first as the Poetry Circus in has featured local, regional, national, and international names in poetry. The city also has movie houses showing both Hollywood productions and works by independent filmmakers.
All are typically attended by , people annually, as are the Seattle Hempfest and two separate Independence Day celebrations. The Henry Art Gallery opened in , the first public art museum in Washington. Seattle has artist-run galleries,  including ten-year veteran Soil Art Gallery,  and the newer Crawl Space Gallery. Woodland Park Zoo opened as a private menagerie in but was sold to the city in Since the middle s, Seattle has experienced significant growth in the cruise industry, especially as a departure point for Alaska cruises.
In , a record total of , cruise passengers passed through the city, surpassing the number for Vancouver, BC, the other major departure point for Alaska cruises. The Seattle Seahawks entered the National Football League in as an expansion team and have advanced to the Super Bowl three times: , and Open Cup on four occasions: , , , and Open Cup matches.
The Mariners began play in at the Kingdome, where the team struggled for most of its time. Finding success in the mid-to-late s saved the team from being relocated and allowed them to move to a purpose-built baseball stadium, T-Mobile Park formerly Safeco Field , in A frequent playoff participant, the Sonics were the —79 NBA champions , and also contended for the championship in and Following a team sale in , a failed effort to replace the aging KeyArena , and settlement of a lawsuit to hold the team to the final two years of its lease with the city, the SuperSonics relocated to Oklahoma City and became the Oklahoma City Thunder ahead of the —09 season.
The Huskies teams use several facilities, including the 70,seat Husky Stadium for football and the Hec Edmundson Pavilion for basketball and volleyball. In town, many people walk around Green Lake , through the forests and along the bluffs and beaches of acre 2.
Gas Works Park features the preserved superstructure of a coal gasification plant closed in Located across Lake Union from downtown, the park provides panoramic views of the Seattle skyline. Also popular are hikes and skiing in the nearby Cascade or Olympic Mountains and kayaking and sailing in the waters of Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca , and the Strait of Georgia. Seattle is a charter city , with a mayor—council form of government.
The only other elected offices are the city attorney and Municipal Court judges. All city offices are officially non-partisan. Like some other parts of the United States, government and laws are also run by a series of ballot initiatives allowing citizens to pass or reject laws , referenda allowing citizens to approve or reject legislation already passed , and propositions allowing specific government agencies to propose new laws or tax increases directly to the people.
Jenny Durkan was elected as mayor in the mayoral election and took office on November 28, All precincts in Seattle voted for Democratic Party candidate Barack Obama in the presidential election. Federally, Seattle is split between two congressional districts. Seattle is widely considered one of the most socially liberal cities in the United States, even surpassing Portland.
In July , Seattle banned plastic shopping bags. On May 9, , Mayor Murray announced he would not seek re-election  following a lawsuit alleging sexual abuse of several teenaged boys in the s. In July , the Seattle City Council unanimously approved an income tax on Seattle residents, making the city the only one in the state with an income tax.
A United States Census Bureau survey showed that Seattle had the highest percentage of college and university graduates of any major U. Seattle Public Schools desegregated without a court order  but continue to struggle to achieve racial balance in a somewhat ethnically divided city the south part of town having more ethnic minorities than the north. The public school system is supplemented by a moderate number of private schools: Five of the private high schools are Catholic , one is Lutheran , and six are secular.
The U. Over the last 10 years, it has also produced more Peace Corps volunteers than any other U. Universities aimed at the working adult are the City University and Antioch University. In , Time magazine selected Seattle Central Community College as community college of the year, saying that the school "pushes diverse students to work together in small teams".
As of [update] , Seattle has one major daily newspaper, The Seattle Times. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer , known as the P-I , published a daily newspaper from to March 17, , before switching to a strictly on-line publication. There is also the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce ,  and the University of Washington publishes The Daily , a student-run publication, when school is in session.
The most prominent weeklies are the Seattle Weekly and The Stranger ; both consider themselves "alternative" papers. Real Change is a weekly street newspaper that is sold mainly by homeless persons as an alternative to panhandling. There are also several ethnic newspapers, including The Facts , Northwest Asian Weekly and the International Examiner as well as numerous neighborhood newspapers.
Seattle is also well served by television and radio, with all major U. Seattle-based online magazines Worldchanging and Grist. Seattle has seen local developments of modern paramedic services with the establishment of Medic One in Harborview Medical Center , the public county hospital, is the only Level I trauma hospital in a region that includes Washington, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho.
The first streetcars appeared in and were instrumental in the creation of a relatively well-defined downtown and strong neighborhoods at the end of their lines. The advent of the automobile sounded the death knell for rail in Seattle. Tacoma—Seattle railway service ended in and the Everett—Seattle service came to an end in , replaced by automobiles running on the recently developed highway system. Rails on city streets were paved over or removed, and the opening of the Seattle trolleybus system brought the end of streetcars in Seattle in This left an extensive network of privately owned buses later public as the only mass transit within the city and throughout the region.
King County Metro provides frequent stop bus service within the city and surrounding county, as well as the South Lake Union Streetcar line and the First Hill Streetcar line. Sound Transit provides an express bus service within the metropolitan area, two Sounder commuter rail lines between the suburbs and downtown, and its Central Link light rail line between the University of Washington and Angle Lake. According to the American Community Survey, Seattle—Tacoma International Airport , locally known as Sea-Tac Airport and located just south in the neighboring city of SeaTac, is operated by the Port of Seattle and provides commercial air service to destinations throughout the world.
A secondary passenger airport, Paine Field , opened in and is located in Everett , 25 miles 40 km north of Seattle. It is predominantly used by Boeing and their large assembly plant located nearby. The main mode of transportation, however, is the street system, which is laid out in a cardinal directions grid pattern , except in the central business district where early city leaders Arthur Denny and Carson Boren insisted on orienting the plats relative to the shoreline rather than to true North.
From to , State Route 99 ran through downtown Seattle on the Alaskan Way Viaduct , an elevated freeway on the waterfront. However, due to damage sustained during the Nisqually earthquake the viaduct was replaced by a tunnel. The 2-mile 3. The city has started moving away from the automobile and towards mass transit. An extension north to the University of Washington opened on March 19,  and further extensions are planned to reach Northgate and Lynnwood to the north, Federal Way to the south, and Bellevue and Redmond to the east by Water and electric power are municipal services, provided by Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle City Light respectively.
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