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Seattle is in a housing crisis. We need urgent action to address high prices, limited supply, and increasing numbers of low income people being forced out of the city. Housing Now is the campaign to create a massive public finance program to build 10,000 affordable housing units in the next...
Great cities are often known by their signature urban spaces and superb public transit. As Seattle works to activate and energize the public realm and deliver high-quality transit it helps to seek out examples from other dynamic cities that inform and inspire. In 2013, I attended a United Nations conference in Stockholm,...
This November, Seattle voters will have the opportunity to vote YES on ballot Proposition 1, a nine-year transportation levy. Proposition 1 would replace the expiring “Bridging the Gap” levy that has funded nearly twenty-five percent of the Seattle Department of Transportation’s work for the past nine years. Voters concerned about walkability...
Article Note: This is the first of two pieces by Alex Brennan on the Seattle 2035 growth alternatives. Next week, he'll share his vision for an Alternative 5. You can read the second part in full here. Determining where and how we want our city to accommodate future growth is...
My Trusty Gavel by Brian Turner on Flickr. The Problem In the present information age, with access to details about virtually anyone’s life available to all, we often tend to look upon such information as either useful or interesting--or at its worst, embarrassing. However, such easily discoverable online information--some of which...
This is a guest post provided by Erika Malone from Homestead Community Land Trust, an organization working to provide permanently affordable home ownership in Seattle. If you have questions about these issues or if you'd like to learn more about what they do, you can find information here. If you...