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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.


Commercial Math Post

Commercial Linkage: Math that Makes You Go “Hmmmm.”

For years we’ve been saying that the best thing to do if we want housing prices to stabilize or even go down is to build lots more housing, including subsidized housing. The basic economic principle is that price—whether it is for an apple at the local grocery store or Napoleon’s hat—is a quantitative measure of […]

Grand Bargain neighborhoods

Seattle Times Right and Wrong on Grand Bargain

The Seattle Times weighed in yesterday on the passage earlier in the week of key legislation that starts the City down the road of mandatory inclusionary zoning through the much hyped Grand Bargain. We’ve pointed out that, so far, the math isn’t working: the mandatory upzones proposed for neighborhood builders will cost more than the rent revenue […]

Not EVERYONE Agrees Grand Bargain is a Bargain

I find myself heading down to City Hall often these days to throw shade on various proposals about housing hatched by well meaning people at City Hall usually backed with dubious data and economics. Yesterday was no different. The Council passed resolutions putting them on a course to force builders to take more square footage […]