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Linkage Fees, proposed fees on new development to pay for affordable housing, have a lot of critics. And the critics' arguments are probably all pretty familiar by now to those who follow housing issues in the city. But for those who don't, a quick summary: regulations that ostensibly fund...
When Link opened in 2009, it was expected to be a catalyst for transit-oriented development (TOD) in the Rainier Valley: MLK Way is littered with the sort of auto-oriented, suburban-style development that defines placelessness, and is ripe for redevelopment. A unprecedented economic downturn delayed those aspirations somewhat, and for a...
The fourth proposed regulation on micro-housing concerns minimum square footage of communal areas. The city would like to require a minimum square footage for the kitchen. This issue was raised because some of the micro-housing projects have kitchen sizes as small as 50 square feet. The city’s proposal on this...
We completed our preliminary research on two-bedroom housing in Seattle. We’ll be publishing a comprehensive report on all unit types in the near future. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at what we found. By looking at just over 1,400 units from 12/4/2013 to 12/10/2013, we learned a lot...
As mentioned in a previous post, opponents of micro-housing have a legitimate concern that new developments may change the character of their neighborhood. Not all their complaints are fair though. The most emotional and misguided attacks on micro-housing are related to parking. Many opponents of micro-housing criticize developments because they...
Here's the roundup of reading we've been doing: Greater Greater Washington covers city policies in Washington DC that promote affordable houses for potential homeowners. The article gets into the weeds of what is possible in Washington D.C. but is worth a read to see how Seattle’s policies stack up again...
The US Senate confirmed the nomination of Mel Watt to the the Federal Housing Finance Agency. The agency had been without a nominated executive since 2009 due to the threat of filibuster by Senate Republicans. Mel Watt will replace acting head Ed Demarco, and his appointment could pave the...
We completed our preliminary research on 1 bedroom housing in Seattle. We’ll be publishing this research once we’ve worked out all the bugs. In the mean time, we wanted to give a sneak peek at what we found. We took a look at over 2000 units from 11/21/2013 to 11/27/2013. From...