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Gentrification Battle Moves To SeaTac As Immigrant-Owned Businesses Face Displacement

By Nina Shapiro
The Seattle Times

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) As Nina Shapiro reports, “SeaTac’s plans for development and growth are encountering fierce opposition — and a lawsuit — from largely immigrant-owned businesses facing displacement.”

The Seattle Times

At the end of a corridor inside the Bakaro Mall, several women painted their fingertips with henna while waiting for customers in stalls packed with flowing dresses, perfumes and jewelry imported from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Around the corner in a coffee shop offering savory Somali pastries called sambusas, men chatted animatedly after Friday afternoon prayers at a nearby mosque.

Down another corridor, a barber was cutting hair.

It’s the kind of scene that may not last long.

As gentrification pushes south from Seattle, this spot in SeaTac, kitty-corner from the Tukwila International Boulevard light-rail station, is next up.

As in neighboring Tukwila, SeaTac’s plans for development and growth are encountering fierce opposition — and a lawsuit — from largely immigrant-owned businesses facing displacement.

Even more businesses are affected in SeaTac, where the City Council voted this month to sell three, adjacent city-owned parcels along the boulevard for development plans that would capitalize on the city’s light-rail stations and the regional building boom while providing new housing and commercial space.

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