The Dori Monson Show Highlights Non-Proift Housing Industrial Complex

Once again Dori Monson gets it and then says something about it. And, as I wrote last week here and at Forbes, Governor Jay Inslee simply doesn’t get how housing works; or he does and he doesn’t want anyone to know about it. Every time I point out and criticize spendy subsidized projects, I get […]

MHA in the International District is Unfair and Ignores Complexity of the Neighborhood

June 14, 2017 To:                   Councilmember Rob Johnson, Chair, Planning Land Use and Zoning Committee From:             Roger Valdez, Director, Smart Growth Seattle Re:                   Implementation of Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) in the             […]

Design Review Update Will Make Housing More Expensive

The City is currently considering changes to the design review process. In short, creating a square footage threshold for design review is a good idea and something we’ve been asking for a long time. In fact, when the fight over microhousing was about whether it ought to go through design review, we argued that since […]