Durkan Again Delays Racial Equity Analysis of Seattle Growth Strategy

In November 2018, Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, with the backing of housing advocates like us, succeeded in getting $500,000 added to the City budget to...
Backyard cottages like this one should be coming to Burien thanks to the City's new reform. (Photo by Doug Trumm)

Governor Partially Vetoes Backyard Cottage Bill at Request of Housing Advocates, AARP

Providing more housing options in single-family zones is a policy idea that state legislators have kicked around for years. This session, the Washington State...

Roosevelt Needs a Zoning Refresh

With an overly limited urban village around its light rail station, Roosevelt could really use an expansion. I moved my family to the edge of...

Seattle’s Mandatory Housing Affordability Program Is on Course So Far

Last week the Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) program celebrated two years of being in effect in all multifamily areas of the city. The data...
Photo of a single-story duplex in Wallingford, with three-story townhomes behind it.

The Historic Preservation We Need: Four Floors and Corner Stores

We cannot escape the echoes of history. I live in and own a house in a formerly redlined section of Wallingford. This house was...
Seven-story midrise apartments along a pedestrian plaza.

Growing Social Housing in Seattle

Social housing composes 8.6% of Seattle's housing stock, which is well below many peer cities around the globe. Some standouts are far ahead. In...
Bird's eye view of downtown Bremerton with the marina and some midrise buildings in the foreground.

Bremerton Eases Backyard Cottage Restrictions

Bremerton is allowing an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) on every single-family lot and waiving parking and owner-occupancy requirements. The City tabled a measure to...

Kenmore and Kirkland Reform Accessory Dwelling Regulations, Snohomish County Could Be Next

Accessory dwelling unit (ADU) reform has been taking off across the Puget Sound region. Seattle, Tacoma, and Burien all approved sweeping changes to ADUs...