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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.

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Economy Sinking? Just Jump in Your Kayak!

A recent article on the state of the global economy got me thinking about our own local housing economy and how fragile it may actually be. It also made me think that there may be ways that we can design interventions in our local housing market that are more responsive to the push and pull […]

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Affholter: Successful Density Opponents Mean Higher Housing Prices, Sprawl

Shannon Affholter, the Executive Director of the Master Builders Association had an important opinion piece in the print edition of the Seattle Times. In it, he makes the point that we’ve all been making over and over again: when anti-growth and opponents of growth succeed in slowing down housing supply, prices go up.  Having Affholter’s […]

O’Brien Plays Politics with Design Review, Mayor Opposes. 

As I said yesterday proposed legislation produced by the City Council to make changes to the low-rise zones is better than the Department of Planning and Development’s (DPD).  There are still problems (see my one house in a row post). One, ironically, is being pointed out by DPD itself: that the proposal’s addition of a […]