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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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Bright Idea Department: Democracy Vouchers

In snail mail boxes all over Seattle, registered voters are getting an unusual envelope filled with something called, “Democracy Vouchers.” Each registered voter in town will get $100 worth of vouchers in $25 increments. The idea is that anyone with a voucher can give it to the candidate of their choice provided that the candidate […]

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Trends to Watch in 2017: Scrutiny of the Non-Profit Housing Industrial Complex

I wrote a post at Forbes in late November that sparked kind of a firestorm among people who make money from the financing and construction of non-profit subsidized housing. The post, “How Trump Might Drain the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Swamp,” did have a click batey headline I’ll admit. But it got a lot […]

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Trends to Watch in 2017: The Failure of Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning

You heard it here first: The Mayor and City Council’s scheme to shake down builders of market rate housing for fees and rent restricted housing (also known as Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning or MIZ) will collapse in 2017. Simply put, neighborhood opposition combined with growing disinterest from the non-profits who benefit from the cash wrung from […]