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New Ideas for a Growing City

Seattle is a growing and changing city with new people and families arriving every day. People fall in love with our city and want to make it their home. We need new ideas and a fresh approach to creating a wide range of housing choices for new people and families that want to join us in our beautiful corner of the world. Thank you for visiting our site and we hope you’ll join our efforts.


Maxana Public Comments​ from Smart Growth Seattle on Vimeo.

Council Passes Low-Rise Legislation 

After almost two years of heated debate the Seattle City Council passed low-rise legislation in less than an hour with no debate. One highlight were a bizarre statement by outgoing (we’re counting the days!) Councilmember Rasmussen who voted against the legislation he helped make worse by expanding the rounding rule to all zones, adding setbacks […]


Debate with Councilmember Sawant on Rent Control

I’ve been challenged to debate Councimember Kshama Sawant on rent control. I accepted the challenge and the debate is tentatively set for Monday, July 20th at Town Hall in Seattle. We’re still working out the details but please put the date on your calendar. We’d like to have people who don’t support rent control show up […]

Bricks and Mortar

Bricks and Mortar? The Costs of Affordable Housing

It is very difficult to find a clear and empirical comparison of the costs to bring an affordable housing development (here defined as a development with significant subsidy for construction either in the form of government grants or tax credits) and a market rate housing development. Affordable housing projects have many unique costs, and often […]