Slate's Placemakers

All communities face certain challenges. On Placemakers, we bring you stories about the spaces we inhabit, and the people who shape them.


Mighty Tieton

It's no secret that climbing rents are driving many creative entrepreneurs out of popular urban centers. When Seattle book publisher Ed Marquand stumbled across an abundance of cheap real estate in a struggling small town not far from the big city, he thought he may have found a solution to the problem. But will Marquand be received as a knight in shining armor or a colonizer come to conquer and pillage?

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