The Latest on HALA: Too Early to be Worried?

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I’m worried about where the Seattle City Council seems to be going with the recommendations of the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Committee recommendations. Maybe it’s because just before yesterday’s HALA select committee meeting they voted down, 7 to 2, a sensible amendment to back off a legally dubious requirement for a project not […]

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 […]