Jon Talton comments on economic trends and turning points, putting them into context with people, place and the environment in the Pacific Northwest. His column runs every Sunday. He also makes posts in his blog. Jon Talton comments on economic trends and turning points, putting them into context with people, place and the environment in the Pacific Northwest. His column runs every Sunday. Hear Jon on KUOW's Weekday every 3rd Wednesday at 10:40 a.m.
A group that gathered at Seattle Central College was followed by a motorcade of police on the way to the Labor Temple in Belltown as people protested the WTO’s Ministerial Conference of 1999.
It’s also worth considering other ways the world envisioned by the framers of the 1999 Ministerial Conference has and hasn’t worked out.
D.C. Internet drama threatens Web access for all
The energetic Republican base and the most influential Republicans in Congress want action. It just won’t necessarily be what the mainstream consider important.
Imports from China are the backbone of the Puget Sound ports.
What happens in Europe can’t stay there, even in the Asian Century, because of the EU’s huge size and influence on the global economy.
Oil is still costly, a head wind to economic growth.
Railroads didn’t die. In fact, they will be an increasingly important part of the 21st century transportation of freight and people.
If the leap of faith and goodwill that led to this historic agreement between the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma continue, great things can happen.
Seattle’s boom could stop in a heartbeat.
Washington state estimates that in 2012, the “military industry” was responsible for 136,000 jobs and $15.7 billion in economic activity.
Bill Gates, the richest person of our new gilded age, is not only the world’s biggest giver but also one of our most influential public intellectuals.