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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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Microhousing on KCTS

Even though microhousing legislation has passed and is now in effect, the interest in microhousing is as hot as ever. I was interviewed for the KCTS program In Close along with Daniel Stoner a microhousing developer and neighbors. The Mayor was also interviewed. The same strange comments are repeated by Greenwood neighbors about the people […]

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The Parable of Newton’s Apple Stand

I’ve been using a parable to respond to some of the more off base views of housing economics I run into, especially the oft repeated syllogism, “increasing housing supply won’t lower prices because more housing attracts people who earn lots of money; so developers will just build more housing for the rich.” Oddly, these people […]

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Put More Money in the Housing Trust Fund

I’ve already written about the basic math when it comes to meeting the demand for affordable housing in the next two decades: the Multifamily Tax Exemption Program and the Housing Levy very efficiently can meet that need. Meanwhile, the linkage tax being promoted by Councilmember O’Brien is a pricey solution that will raise rents—exactly what […]