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Tom Friedman, Special to the Register
Published 7:11 a.m. CT Sept. 18, 2020


The agreement settles 20 years of litigation against the site’s owners and paves the way for redevelopment at an entry into downtown Des Moines.

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Those of you who are regular readers of this space might recall a story I wrote about a year ago, where my children helped celebrate my birthday with a “Dadcathlon,” a series of semi-competitive yard games. 

It was one of the best birthday “parties” I had ever had.  The kids enjoyed it too.  As a matter of fact, they enjoyed it so much that they decided to hold Dadcathlon II. 

This year, however, it was a little bit different. 

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[Editor’s Note: Seattle tech entrepreneur and hacker Adam Doppelt, co-founder of local business recommendation startup Fresh Chalk, previously co-founded Dwellable and Urbanspoon. GeekWire asked him to expand on a recent Facebook post in this guest commentary.]

As a tech guy and dad to kids in Seattle Public Schools, I experienced the first day of the new school year with a strange brew of empathy and frustration. Man, what a nightmare. The district handed out laptops to tens of thousands of kids. Can we fathom the herculean effort required to purchase, unbox, image and distribute tens of thousands of laptops in just a few weeks? Pour one out for the SPS Department of Technology Services.

Adam Doppelt
Adam Doppelt

I witnessed the carnage up close. Here are a few thoughts on where we can go from here. While these observations are specific to Seattle Public Schools, many of the larger principles

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