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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.


Until the Cows Come Home: Soaring Rents Should Mean More Housing

The Seattle Times headlined its Sunday edition with a story about “soaring rents” in Seattle. If we, as a city, decide that rents are too high, there is a solution: build more housing. But the article entertains the bizarre notion—all too commonly held by policy makers and others—that somehow building more housing increases price. Here’s […]

The Case for Increasing Housing Supply, Choice, and Diversity

Last week I posted at the Seattle Transit Blog about a report that’s gotten a lot of attention in the media. The researchers analyzed lots of economic data and found that when people with different levels of incomes live more closely together, those with lower incomes tend to do better in the long run; in […]

DPD Recommendations on Microhousing: Why Subject a Good Thing to a Bad Process?

What follows is the text of a letter sent by Smart Growth Seattle last week in response to the Department of Planning and Development’s recommendations to the City Council on microhousing. The Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability Committee will soon be considering legislation that would affect future microhousing developments; that legislation is likely to be […]