Deregulating the Arts in Seattle

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It’s a familiar pattern. An arts organization lands a great deal on space in Seattle. The new space is flexible, allows for artists to be noisy and make a lot of dust preparing and tearing down shows, and it’s super cheap. Somehow nobody noticed that big white sign out in front, the one with the […]

Mayor and City Council Still Riding the MIZ Tiger. But for How Long?

A couple of more cracks appeared in Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning (MIZ) in the last couple weeks. First, Councilmembers are beginning to take the idea of a lawsuit seriously and they haven’t figured out what to do if it is successful. Second, growing pressure from angry neighbors about U District upzones is taking its toll on […]

Hey Wallingford: Developers and Builders Didn’t Ask for and Won’t Benefit from MIZ

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There are so many really dubious arguments being advanced by the Wallingford Community Council (WCC) and by wannabe Councilmember Alex Pedersen against upzones in the U District, that knocking them all down could take weeks. It’d be a lot easier for them and everyone involved if they’d just say what they mean and what they want: we’re worried […]