Can We Legislate Good Design?

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Can we legislate good design? Short answer: you can’t. One of the greatest concerns of neighborhood groups and anti-development activists has to do not just with the fact that greater density is arriving within their locale, but rather with the design of these new additions to their street. Such materials as panel board and exposed structural concrete […]

Impact Fees at Today’s PLUS Meeting: Higher Rents, More Sprawl

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Along with dealing what will likely be a death blow to microhousing, the City Council’s Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability (PLUS) Committee is considering the idea of “linkage fees;” yet another supply killing, raising intervention in the name of affordability.  If you live in Seattle and pay attention to land-use and housing issues, you may […]

Martha Rose on Micros: Let’s Overcome Fear of Change

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The following is an e-mail that was sent to Seattle City Council President Tim Burgess encouraging that the Council take a different approach to microhousing legislation. We need many more of these kinds of messages to get to Council as they consider legislation this week and next.  Dear Mr Burgess, I have lived in Seattle […]