HALA’s Highest Impact Recommendations: Is Anyone Working on Them?

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What bedevils the housing conversation in Seattle today is the confusion between the 65 recommendations in the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Committee Mayor Murray convened last year and one of those recommendations and the most problematic, Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning (MIZ) also known as the Grand Bargain. Even last week at a panel discussion a colleague said […]

Sonja Trauss on MIZ: What’s Actually Going to Happen

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Last Thursday one of my heros, Sonja Trauss, was in town because I invited her to speak at the Seattle Builders Council dinner. We all had a good time. And Trauss did not disappoint with her presentation, challenging the audience to talk differently about housing, and profit, and how we need more housing to solve […]

Keep It Simple: More Housing, More Cash for People Who Need it, and More Jobs!

The Reno News posted an article and video in January that explains why housing prices are high in the Reno-Sparks market. The video explains in less than two minutes the problem: not enough housing is available and wages aren’t keeping up with costs of living. We’ve said this before, pointing out the idea of a guaranteed […]