Owen Pickford

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Owen does servicing and consulting for a software company to pay the bills. He has an amateur interest in urban policy, focusing on housing. His primary mode is a bicycle but isn't ashamed of riding down the hill and taking the bus back up. Feel free to tweet at him: @pickovven.
Back in July, Apartmentlist.com researched median rent prices in cities across the US. They found that Seattle was the ninth most expensive city in the country for renting. The median cost to rent a studio in Seattle is $1,210 per month, according to their research, while a one-bedroom apartment costs $1,525...
Walkscore released their top 10 ranking for US cities and placed Seattle at number 8. The rankings: # 1 New York Walk Score: 87.6 # 2 San Francisco Walk Score: 83.9 # 3 Boston Walk Score: 79.5 # 4 Philadelphia Walk Score: 76.5 # 5 Miami Walk Score: 75.6 # 6 Chicago Walk Score: 74.8 # 7 Washington D.C. Walk Score: 74.1 # 8 Seattle Walk Score: 70.8 # 9 Oakland Walk Score: 68.5 #10 Baltimore Walk Score: 66.2   Is...
The city of Seattle's Department of Planning and Development first item in its list of proposed micro-housing legislation in Seattle is a legal definition of "micro" and "micro-housing," as there is currently no distinction between micro-housing and other types of dwelling in the city code.  The proposed definition is as follows: “Micro-housing” -...
The Department of Planning and Development recently proposed legislation to define and regulate micro-housing in Seattle. You can find a copy of their proposal here. The proposal opens with a few goals from the City of Seattle Comprehensive Plan that aPodments could potentially help to meet: Housing Goal 4: Achieve a mix...
Seattle is a world-class city that deserves great housing for everyone. This blog will aim to follow current events related to housing in Seattle, and in doing so it will guide the dialogue on proven solutions for providing lower cost, higher quality housing for everyone who lives in the city.