Bright Idea Department: Democracy Vouchers

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In snail mail boxes all over Seattle, registered voters are getting an unusual envelope filled with something called, “Democracy Vouchers.” Each registered voter in town will get $100 worth of vouchers in $25 increments. The idea is that anyone with a voucher can give it to the candidate of their choice provided that the candidate […]

Letter to Senator Fain: The High Cost of Affordable Housing

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I’ve been writing a bit more at Forbes this last couple weeks. But I thought I’d spark some interest here too on the same theme I’ve been pushing lately on Forbes, the high costs of affordable housing. I’m not sure it’ll get very far, but I’d like to see the legislature take on this issue […]

Hide and Seek: City’s Consultant Warns Don’t Interpret Residual Land Value “Literally”

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The City has stubbornly resisted telling anyone how they intend to implement their version of Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning (MIZ), something they call Mandatory Housing Affordability – Residential (MHA). Some of the furtiveness comes from the fact that City staff are truly making stuff up as they go using guesses and back of the envelope assessments. […]