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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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Fox and Valdez Agree: Greatest Housing Need is Among the Poor

Proposed linkages taxes on every new square foot of new housing built in the city are premised on the idea that Seattle faces a “workforce housing” shortage; we don’t have enough housing for people who earn 60 percent of Area Median Income (AMI) and above. We’ve been saying that the need isn’t at that level […]

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Parking Exemption in Transit Areas Under Threat

There is yet another challenge to housing supply and affordability in the city: the collapse of the City’s reduction of parking requirements in areas that have frequent transit. The letter below is in response to a serious impact on many, many housing projects in the city. Until now, builders of housing could use the City’s […]

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What the HALA?: Council Considers More Bad Housing Legislation

As we pointed out last week, it appears that the Council is not taking the work of the Mayor’ s Housing Affordability and Livability (HALA) Committee seriously. Not only is the Council pushing to pass damaging low-rise legislation but now they’re pushing to short circuit affordability created through the City’s Multifamily Tax Exemption (MFTE) Program. […]