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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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Big demand for small homes on small lots

Take a read through this great post by Kaid Benfield on the Ten things planners need to know about the future real estate market. Among other things, Benfield points out that a recent analysis Suggests that the growth in demand for new housing over the next 30 years will consist primarily of demand for smaller […]

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 […]