Washington’s “Two Economies”

Seattle-PI, September 15th, 1987 – the date of publication is interesting. Nothing’s changed.

The prosperous Washington, centered in Seattle, is the one you hear about. It’s where people complain about traffic congestion. Where personal income averages one-third higher than the statewide average. Where lawyers and consultants pack steel office towers and cut deals. Where people look to Asia for workers and markets.

The Other Washington is what lies outside the central Puget Sound Basin. It is stagnant or declining. It is the 21 of Washington’s 39 counties still officially classified by state government as “distressed.” It’s where people love their communities, but find no future opportunities for children.

via THE TWO FACES OF WASHINGTON ONE LOOKS RICH AND PROSPEROUS, THE OTHER LINED WITH CARE.