Why is Housing Expensive? Builders Know.


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 […]

Housing Tax: Will “Eliminate . . . Sustainable Features.”

Sloan Ritchie

Local green developer Sloan Ritchie has delivered his verdict on Councilmember Mike O’Brien: It’s a bad idea. In an article in the Puget Sound Business Journal, Ritchie, founder of Cascade Built, talks about a project he just built, the first multifamily passive house in Seattle. Ritchie’s approach to building is articulated at the Cascade Built […]

PSRC: “Expand the Housing Trust Fund” for Transit Communities


I wrote last week about the importance of increasing funding to the State’s Housing Trust Fund (HTF). I suggested the importance of the HTF to supporting the intent of the Growth Management Act. Recently I discovered that the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) for similar reasons. Our region’s tax payers have spent billions on light […]