Coalition for Housing Solutions proposes policy actions to increase housing affordability

16 Mar 2015 | posted in: Uncategorized | 0
BY MARKHAM MCINTYRE

The Seattle Metro Chamber joined the 23 other businesses and organizations that make up the Coalition for Housing Solutions to send a letter to City of Seattle leaders offering a host of potential actions that would help increase housing affordability in Seattle.
This letter represents the culmination of a series of workshops and economic research done by the Coalition, and the full list of suggestions is in the letter’s appendix.

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Affordable housing: Pressure mounts on Mayor Murray

16 Mar 2015 | posted in: Uncategorized | 0
BY DANIEL BEEKMAN

Players in Seattle’s real-estate industry and advocates for low-income housing are ratcheting up the pressure on Mayor Ed Murray as the May 30 deadline for his task force to issue recommendations on the city’s housing-affordability woes draws closer.

The business people and activists are pushing in opposite directions on several issues, including a proposed fee on developers and local rent control. There also are a few areas where the frequent combatants are beginning to overlap.

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City misses opportunity

13 Mar 2015 | posted in: Uncategorized | 0
BY JOSH FEIT

Isn’t it weird that…at a time when affordable housing is arguably the most pressing issue in the city, the mayor announced today that he’s turning housing property into a park. There’s nothing wrong with parks, but in a city with limited land that’s simultaneously resistant to density, it’s a blown opportunity.

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Unlikely Allies: Sawant and Developers?

5 Mar 2015 | posted in: Uncategorized | 0
BY JOSH FEIT

A draft of the letter obtained by PubliCola states: “Utilization of publicly owned land: The City of Seattle and other public agencies own significant parcels of vacant or underutilized land capable of supporting infill housing. There are a variety of models and partnership arrangements that the city could utilize to develop affordable housing on publicly owned land.”

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