December 10 – Seattle Times ‘FYI Guy’ Gene Balk

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.  Or so sayeth Mark Twain.

Statistics is the science of analyzing and learning from data.   And Twain’s sarcasm was in regards to the erroneous interpretation of data, intentional or not.

Seattle has a new rock star of data interpretation: Gene Balk, the Seattle Times columnist, ”FYI Guy”.

Gene’s  columns began appearing a few years ago and initially were ‘lighter’ in character, looking at favorite brand of coffee or  ethnic origins of the Seattle Freeze or which neighborhood is the most vegetarian.

In the last couple of years however Gene has started paying greater attention to larger demographic and economic trends in the region.   Statistically speaking, Gene has become one of the most consistent chroniclers of growth and change in the Puget Sound region.

Whether the issue is density, gentrification, traffic congestion, property taxes, or the effect of Amazon on housing costs, it seems that Gene has studied it, and has something to say about it.

Join us for what should be an engaging conversation about Seattle and the region.


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