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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.


Hearing Examiner: Design review “would tend to discourage new development.”

Erica Barnett at Publicola reported today on City action on an appeal to last year’s legislation on microhousing. Smart Growth Seattle weighed in on that proposal pointing out that the design review process would add needless costs, time, and process to microhousing development, costs ultimately born by renters who are currently getting good deal from […]

Think housing is expensive? Just wait until it’s affordable.

There is a question haunting Seattle—the question of affordability. Throughout the city many people feel like things in Seattle—especially housing—are too expensive. But what is affordable and what isn’t? And if housing prices are too high for people with certain levels of income, what’s the best way to fix that? And what is the City […]

Seattle City Council to host housing forum

Next Thursday, February 13th the Seattle City Council will host a forum on “workforce housing.” Workforce housing is typically defined as housing that is “affordable” for people earning between 60 and 80 percent of Area Median Income, about $42,000 to $52,000 in household income for two people. The current normative standard for housing expenses (what […]