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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.



HALA Needs Neighborhood Development Managers to Survive

Here’s a Facebook exchange over at City Builders about my last post about neighborhood process and the recommendations of the Mayor’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Committee in which I pointed out that the HALA Committee WAS the public process for future upzones that will create affordable housing: Michael Taylor-Judd NO, the process was NOT […]


MFTE Reauthorization Deliberations Begin

Today at 9:30AM the Seattle City Council’s Committee on Housing Affordability, Human Services and Economic Resiliency will begin the process to renew the City’s Multifamily Tax Exemption (MFTE) Program. The program has created over 4,000 affordable housing units all over the city, and very efficiently. Here’s a quick rundown from a previous post: Multifamily Tax Exemption […]

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The Latest on HALA: Too Early to be Worried?

I’m worried about where the Seattle City Council seems to be going with the recommendations of the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Committee recommendations. Maybe it’s because just before yesterday’s HALA select committee meeting they voted down, 7 to 2, a sensible amendment to back off a legally dubious requirement for a project not […]