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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.



Storm of the Century?: City Planners Blow the Housing Forecast and Microhousing

Apartment guru Mike Scott of Dupree + Scott has just released their latest Apartment Advisor newsletter and it is packed with lots of great data. I won’t go through his clarion explanation of supply and demand and vacancy rates (Surprise! Lower vacancy rates mean higher rents), or his discussion of the fact that rent increases aren’t […]


O’Brien: No to Small-Lot, Micros, Low-Rise, but YES! to Tents?

Seattle is in the grip of a panic over homeless encampments. Who’s panicking? The same people that have panicked over small-lot housing in single-family zones, that panicked over microhousing, and that panicked over buildings in the low-rise zone blocking precious light and air. These are also the people who Councilmember Mike O’Brien has been listening […]

Reality Check: Will MIZ Erase Gains in Affordability in Years Ahead?

I’ve been reviewing a 2015 market study by the O’Connor Group (OCG) that considered historical trends and made some forecasts for a period ending in 2017. I don’t have the latest survey, but I think it’s worth looking at these numbers as we prepare for 2017. When I consider this data I find myself hopeful about prices […]