MHA

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

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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

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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

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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...

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...
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...

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...