We all know that our city, like many cities, is facing a housing crisis. The rent is too damn high; there is a shortage of affordable housing, and people are being pushed out of our city and into homelessness. And on top of that conservative media is doing its best to blame the victims of this crisis for our problems and seeks to criminalize poverty rather than work for solutions. Fortunately other people are working to solve our problems and The Urbanist and our sister organizations want to invite you to join us in several upcoming events focused on the housing crisis in Seattle and its solutions:
April 25th: Neighborhoods for All: Revisiting Seattle’s Single Family Zoning
Join members of the Seattle Planning Commission from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Center for Architecture and Design (1010 Western Ave) where they will present an in-depth history and analysis of single family zoning in Seattle along with a series of proposals for how to enable more Seattle citizens to access housing in these highly sought after areas, which make up 60% of our city.
The recommendations in the Commission’s Neighborhoods for All report “would allow for gradual, incremental reintroduction of historic building patterns while helping to preserve (single family neighborhoods) even as we welcome more residents of all income levels, ages and races.” We’ll touch on affordability, density, bulk, scale, existing context, connectivity, the racism underlying our 70-year-old single family zoning policies, the gap in middle income housing, and more.