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The Harbor Island small business community is located in the mouth of Seattle, Washington's Duwamish River at the point where the Duwamish River empties into Elliott Bay. Harbor Island was built by the Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Company in 1909 and was the the largest artificial island in the world at that time, at 350 acres. When Harbor Island was built, 24 million yd³ of earth was removed from city street regrades and dredged from the bed of the Duwamish River. Harbor Island has since had its area increased several times, and in 2000, it was reported that its size is now 406.91 acres. The West Seattle Bridge passes over the island. Since 1912, the island has been used by commercial, industrial and other small business for industrial purposes, including secondary lead smelting, shipbuilding and repair, bulk petroleum storage, metal fabrication, and containerized cargo shipping. Warehouses, laboratories, and other small businesses, primarily industrial and manufacturing, are located on the island. Currently, the Vigor Industrial company operates a 27-acre shipyard on the island. Fisherman and other small seafood businesses utilize the waters surrounding Harbor Island to catch shellfish and crabs. There are no homes on Harbor Island, but approximately 10,000 people live within one mile of the site, and the industries and small businesses of the Harbor Island community are vital to Seattle’s local economy.
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On Thursday, July 20th, the Townsquared Seattle community gathered to hear from Seattle policymakers and activists at The Riveter, a co-working space built to empower… Read more