Partners with The Seattle Weekly to Service Local Seattle Rental Market Teams Up with Its First Alternative Newspaper Partner

  CHICAGO - March 24, 2003 -, a leading online real estate rental site, announced today that it has partnered with The Seattle Weekly to provide premier online apartment listing content for A member of the Village Voice Media Group, The Seattle Weekly is the largest alternative newsweekly in the Pacific Northwest region and boasts a weekly circulation of 102,700. The Seattle Weekly is the first alternative newspaper to partner with, a division of Classified Ventures, LLC, whose affiliate network includes more than 170 television and newspaper Web sites across the country.

In 2000, the U.S. Census Bureau calculated the city of Seattle as home to more than 133,000 renter occupied units. According to the "Most Wired Cities in America" list published by Yahoo! Internet Life in 2002, Seattle was the 5th most wired city in the nation, up from the 9th position in the year previous. Further, over 71 percent of the readers of The Seattle Weekly regularly log onto the Internet each month (Media Audit: Sept-Oct 2002). These active Seattle Internet users will now be able to access the local, highly visual listings as well as the rental classifieds from The Seattle Weekly through the national Web site (, by clicking through the Apartments and Classifieds sections of ( or by clicking the "Apartments" link on the homepage.

In support of the partnership, The Seattle Weekly will run print advertising in the paper as well as online banners on, pointing apartment hunters to the online listings. Seattle renters will find a robust inventory of rental units in the Seattle area in addition to the nearly three million national listings alongside comprehensive information regarding moving and relocation services.

About is a leading national online apartment resource distinguished by its personalized searches, highly visual ads and affiliation with the local newspaper and television station Web sites of more than 170 affiliates across the country, including the Chicago Tribune (, The Washington Post (, Los Angeles Times ( and Miami Herald (, a division of Chicago-based Classified Ventures, LLC, delivers highly qualified, ready-to-rent prospects to its nearly 11,000 trade customers, which increases closure rates and decreases the average cost of leasing an apartment. Classified Ventures' investor owners are: Belo Corp., Gannett Co., Inc., Knight Ridder, The McClatchy Company, Tribune Company and The Washington Post Company.

About The Seattle Weekly
The Seattle Weekly is read by 209,400 active, well-educated, and affluent readers in Seattle and on the Eastside. The largest alternative newsweekly in the Pacific Northwest region, The Seattle Weekly's readers set the political and cultural agenda in one of America's most vibrant cities. For 27 years, The Seattle Weekly has provided independent, in-depth, and highly provocative coverage of Seattle's political, civic and cultural scenes. From hard news to arts criticism to lifestyle reporting, it is the essential read for those Seattleites most engaged in city life. The Weekly also offers the smartest arts, and entertainment guide to a city nationally known for its lively cultural scene.