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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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Bagshaw’s Statement of Legislative Intent: No More Sad Stories

Councilmember Sally Bagshaw introduced a Statement of Legislative Intent (SLI) directing the Office of Housing to create an Affordable Housing Preservation Plan (AHP). We think this will go a long way to stop the sad stories reported in the press when non-profit buildings get purchased by for profit developers. Have a plan that includes tracking […]

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New Housing is Paying Fair Share for Growth

Last week I wrote about architect Mark Hogan’s analysis of housing costs in San Francisco. Hogan found that roughly 20 percent of unit costs in multifamily housing are attributable to the permitting process and fees. I suggested that if we could reduce some of those costs for non-profit, subsidized housing, we’d get more housing for […]

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San Francisco Organization Works to Make Housing Affordable

San Francisco has become the reference point for high priced housing in a dense city. Everyone wants to avoid the housing scarcity problems San Francisco faces. I’ve even described the San Francisco Death Spiral, what happens when people crow about high housing prices and officials respond with more rules and taxes which leads to higher […]