State Must Step Up to Housing Need

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As executive directors of housing advocacy organizations, we hear a lot about the state’s affordable housing shortage. We hear from advocates with full time jobs, unable to find an apartment close to their work. We’ve listened in on the stories of families struggling to buy a home by their ideal school. Even our own staff members have recently had to move because of skyrocketing Seattle rents. […]

Why is Housing Expensive? Builders Know.

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Editors Note: This post originated from a discussion about linkage taxes at the presentation of the painting pictured above to honor Martha Rose’s service over the past year as President of the Master Builders Association. Her e-mail reminded me of F. A. Hayek‘s seminal article, The Use of Knowledge in Society, written in 1945. Rose succinctly […]

Microhousing on KCTS

Even though microhousing legislation has passed and is now in effect, the interest in microhousing is as hot as ever. I was interviewed for the KCTS program In Close along with Daniel Stoner a microhousing developer and neighbors. The Mayor was also interviewed. The same strange comments are repeated by Greenwood neighbors about the people […]