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In many cities the term NIMBY (not in my back yard) is often lobbed at those opposing changes in their neighborhood. The term is often perceived as an insult but this wasn’t always the case. People don’t want anything near them, especially if it might help someone else - George...
Fortunately, we aren’t the only ones writing about housing issues. Here’s what we’ve read recently: The Sightline Institute showing how parking drives up the cost of rent. Fortunately, this isn’t news to anyone that’s been following this issue but it’s great to see the report covered in so many publications!...
What does a city need to ensure residents with different incomes can afford housing? One of Seattle’s strategies is to provide a tax exemption for developments that include affordable housing. How do developments qualify for the Multi-family Property Tax Exemption program? An application must be submitted before the first building permit...
Believe it or not, the city takes a lot of feedback from Seattleites and seriously considers it. January 14th there will be an opportunity to provide your feedback to the city of Seattle about how they regulate housing developments. Specifically, the city wants feedback on how lowrise developments should...
One of the primary arguments against micro-housing is that the limited space is equal to low-quality housing. Opponents often compare aPodment residents to sardines crammed inside a tin. This is a specious argument. It is not up to the opponents of micro-housing to decide if aPodment residents would be happier...
Ed Murray’s success in the recent mayoral election will affect housing policy in Seattle, but it’s unclear how. I’ve put together a quick summary of his voting record on issues that affect housing to help provide some insight into what he might support and what he may prioritize. There are a...
Seattle would be a much denser city if its metropolitan area were squeezed inside the city proper. The current estimated population of the city of Seattle is 634,435 people. If we divide that number by the city's land area, 83.87 square miles (SM) we get a density of about 7,565...