Inclusionary Zoning

Affordable City book cover with a headshot of Shane Phillips

Join Us for Affordable Housing Lunch and Learn with Shane Phillips on Thursday September...

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Join Share The Cites and The Urbanist in welcoming Shane Phillips to a Seattle-centered discussion about his book The Affordable City this Thursday September 24th...

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...
The M Tower, the first highrise out of the gates after the U District was rezoned in 2017, rises in the background of this shot of The Ave at NE 50th St. (Photo by Doug Trumm)

We Can Rezone The Ave While Preserving Its Historic Character

Too often, our city has spent years delaying policy with infighting, time that we could spend on collaborative efforts to address our growing housing...

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...

Plan Cities for the Working Class not for Real Estate Tycoons, Sam Stein Urges...

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Samuel Stein's new book Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State aims to challenge urban planning orthodoxy. Writing from a socialist perspective with...

Mayor Durkan Signs into Law Mandatory Housing Affordability Rezoning 27 Urban Villages

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The bills' signage marks the end of a long fight by housing advocates to get affordability requirements enshrined in Seattle law. Before a crowd of...

How We Got Here: A (Brief) History of Mandatory Housing Affordability in Seattle

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Today Seattle City Council is voting on "citywide" implementation of Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA), a form of inclusionary zoning from which single family zones...

Mayor Durkan and Councilmember Herbold Each Propose Anti-Displacement Strategies

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On Wednesday, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Councilmember Lisa Herbold both issued policy ideas to stem displacement. Mayor Durkan issued a new executive order...