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Author: Michael Goldman

2019 Population Estimates Have Seattle Pushing 750,000 with Steady Growth

Seattle, King County, and Washington State growth rates all stabilized for the last year of this long decade. The Office of Financial Management's (OFM) April...

Amazon Job Estimates Fill in Gaps About Housing Downturn

In the summer of last year we discovered that Seattle’s population growth rate had fallen for the first time since 2010, according to state...

What the 2018 Population Estimate Tells Us About Flattening Rents in Seattle

Seattle rents appeared to have flattened beginning late last year. Since then, as subsequent rent surveys strengthened the pattern, the consistent explanation has been the...

Can Minimalist Painting Keep Its Privileged Position after SAM’s Figuring History Exhibit?

One of the gifts of living in a large city is the presence of well-endowed cultural institutions. Sitting next to our theater companies, the...

An Affordable Housing Platform for Seattle

Some vocab first: MHA - Mandatory Housing Affordability; Seattle jargon for inclusionary zoning. Inclusionary Zoning - This is the common term for MHA; it...

It Was the Blurst of Times: Vox Makes Facile Comparison of Seattle to Detroit...

This isn't the first time Matthew Yglesias, co-founder of Vox, has waded into Seattle issues from his national platform. And it's not the first...

What Housing Shortage?

Why do Seattle rents continue to rise to higher and higher levels of unaffordability? A new narrative has taken hold to explain this: the housing...

Rents In San Francisco Are Determined By Demand, New Data Show

Slightly better than the worst possible outcome (detail), by Christine Hou By putting together 60+ years of housing data, much of it gathered from newspaper microfiche,...