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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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Oregon Leads on Accessory Dwelling Units

I attended the Housing Land Advocates Conference in Portland last week and presented on what happened to microhouisng. Microhousing is a new thing in Portland. My presentation had to highlight the fact that Seattle pretty much has closed down the microhousing product; some will still get built here, but not as many as before. But […]

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MFTE, Levy, More Efficient Than Linkage Tax

What follows is a comparison of two existing housing subsidy programs that are lowering people’s rents and housing costs in Seattle today, at this very moment, the Multifamily Tax Exemption (MFTE) and the Seattle Housing Levy (Levy) with Councilmember Mike O’Brien’s “linkage” tax.  Right up front I am going to say that supporters of the […]

Housing on the Seattle Channel

While you were all out trick or treating, the Seattle Channel aired this great discussion on affordable housing. In the world of television, 30 minutes is an eternity; but the housing discussion needs more time. Still, we got a lot of good discussion in, and this program advanced the importance of the issue. My point: […]