Tag: Renters

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...
How can it be a problem if something is free? It turns out, free and subsidized parking is a problem because it is often only free or subsidized for the person doing the parking and everyone else pays for it. Two common types of parking in Seattle include: 1. Curb parking 2. Privately...
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...