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New Ideas for a Growing City

Seattle is a growing and changing city with new people and families arriving every day. People fall in love with our city and want to make it their home. We need new ideas and a fresh approach to creating a wide range of housing choices for new people and families that want to join us in our beautiful corner of the world. Thank you for visiting our site and we hope you’ll join our efforts.

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Letter to Senator Fain: The High Cost of Affordable Housing

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 […]

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

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. […]

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Has Seattle Reached its Emotional Limit on Growth?

Danny Wesneat has a mixed record on writing about growth in Seattle. His most recent column, “Seattle’s latest growth industry: bemoaning what’s been lost,” has the following paragraph: But I do wonder: When we’ve taken to memorializing even the loss of our grocery stores, maybe the pace of change has pushed us to some sort […]