Is Seattle Down for the Count on Affordable Housing?

Recently I have begun to envision Seattle housing affordability personified as an overmatched, undersized boxer who has gotten knocked down time and time again, but through sheer grit, courage and resolve continues to get up off the mat and keep fighting. The repeated knock downs represent the series of beatings Seattle housing has taken in […]

Seattle’s Land Use Code Isn’t Working


Our family recently looked in to subdividing a large lot we own in Seattle to create another building lot. The house is in a SF5000 zone, but recent small-lot legislation has made that division impossible. Needless to say, we will not be subdividing. The curious part of all of this is that in looking at the […]

Housing Prices: Will Incentives and Inclusion Help? (Part 2)


First of a two part series by Jerrell Whitehead. The posts here on zoning are longer versions of material he completed while at Sightline Institute. His initial interest on this subject came from conversations with A-P Hurd, Vice-President at Touchstone Corporation, who gave a number of reasons why housing construction costs are growing in Seattle. All views expressed […]