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City Reflects on Seattle’s Affordable Housing Progress in 2019

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Our city is facing a housing crisis. Before the onset of the pandemic, when the economy was humming and jobs were bountiful, we had...

City’s Plan for Pre-approved Backyard Cottages Shouldn’t Require Uncompensated Labor

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It has been nearly two years since Mayor Jenny Durkan directed the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections to fast-track pre-approved designs of backyard...
Even a few miles from Downtown, single family homes start taking over. Madrona is not an urban village. (Photo by author)

SCALE Thwarted Again in Latest Appeal of MHA Rezones

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Last week, the Growth Management Hearings Board issued a ruling denying an appeal of recent zoning changes brought by a coalition of homeowner groups...

In Pursuit of the Affordable Backyard Cottage

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Last summer when the Seattle City Council passed legislation that encouraged development of backyard cottages across the city, the move was generally met with...

Progressives like Scott, Sawant, Strauss, and Lewis are Winning the Housing Debate, Opponents Are...

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We live in alternate realities. I realized this when I received a pro-Alex Pedersen mailer from People for Affordable Livable Seattle (PALS) political action...

City Contemplates Upzoning or Downzoning The Ave

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There is probably not much that District 4 City Council candidates Shaun Scott and Alex Pedersen agree on, but one topic on which the...

Housing Choices Survey: Help Make the Case for the Density Battles to Come

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2019 is shaping up to be a significant year in the history of residential zoning in Seattle, and despite the dramas that accompanied the...

What Seattle’s “Best in the Nation” Mother-In-Law Apartment and Backyard Cottage Reform Does

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On Monday, the Seattle City Council unanimously (8-0 vote) adopted a land use reform bill, easing restrictions on building accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in...