A Builder Perspective: Why Housing Is So Expensive.


Last week I went to a meeting with Seattle City Light with about a dozen small builders who work mainly in the south end of the City or just outside it but are still served by Seattle City Light. They were mad. For many of them, the meeting was the last desperate attempt to get […]

City Council Uses Fuzzy Math and Invisible Methodology on MFTE


Councilmembers, As a HALA member I took a keen interest in discussions around the MFTE program.  I am pleased that the program will be made permanent, expanded in geography, and now includes all unit sizes.  I am also pleased that the council has committed to work with the state on a number of potential expansions […]

Rent Control: Are You Sure?


The Seattle City Council, in its wisdom, has validated the discussion of “rent control.” It is asking the State Legislature to allow local governments the option to enact rent control, which as of now is prohibited by State law. As in everything in life–sorry folks–it’s not that simple. What to discuss? Right now “rent control” […]