MIZU: The Same Effect as Rent Control?


One wonders what government would do without acronyms. Perhaps government programs would end up with catchy brand names like pharmaceuticals or cars. The Multifamily Tax Exemption (MFTE) Program might be called simply Multaxa or Exemptor. The Mayor’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Committee has a whole glossary of acronyms at the end of it’s […]

Sara Maxana: “I love the changes I have seen in my community”


The following are comments offered ahead of passage of low-rise legislation by the Seattle City Council on Monday. Sara Maxana is a Ballard resident who has worked in the field of sustainability in Seattle and the region for the last decade. She currently is a planner at the Puget Sound Regional Council.¬† Hello. My name […]

Council Passes Low-Rise Legislation 

After almost two years of heated debate the Seattle City Council passed low-rise legislation in less than an hour with no debate. One highlight were a bizarre statement by outgoing (we’re counting the days!) Councilmember Rasmussen who voted against the legislation he helped make worse by expanding the rounding rule to all zones, adding setbacks […]