Mike Scott: Can You Handle The Truth About Apartment Rents?

The average apartment rent in Seattle rose 8.3% in the past year. That’s a lot. No doubt about it. It beats inflation. It beats wage growth. So some in the media and special interest groups take to calling this a problem of skyrocketing rents, a crisis, an emergency. Is it really? Let’s take a look. […]

Linkage Fees Will Impede Housing Production


At the heart of the debate over Seattle’s proposed linkage fee is the question of whether it undermines its own intent to provide affordable housing by either raising rents or impeding the production of housing. A recent post by Owen Pickford at The Urbanist argues that a linkage fee would have no negative impact on […]

Seattle as Open City: Upzone Single-Family, End Exclusionary Zoning


Part two of a post by David Moser. David Moser works on housing for Neighborhood House, a local non-profit. This post is a draft of an in-process working paper and was selected as a finalist in Seattle University’s Policy Incubator Competition, part of it’s Master of Public Administration program.  Exclusionary Zoning in Seattle There are obviously many […]