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Seattle demolitions bring displacement, not enough density

Whenever something new is built in a city, something old is inevitably lost. Sometimes the tradeoff is clearly worthwhile, as when a parking lot or…

How Seattle can create more affordable housing

Signs of Seattle’s success are everywhere to be seen, from the skyscrapers sprouting from former parking lots, to the newly opened light rail stations. So…

Despite perceptions, housing production down in 2015, single family home construction up

Signs of Seattle's continued boom can be seen across the city. Cranes stand over the rising concrete frames of skyscrapers in Denny Triangle. Across the…

In South Lake Union, explosive growth is just getting started

The transformation of South Lake Union over the last 15 years has been undeniably dramatic. The former low-lying industrial neighborhood has been replaced by mid-rise offices…

The end of tall buildings in residential neighborhoods?

In 2010, Seattle made a number of tweaks to its residential zoning rules, opening many neighborhoods to four-story or higher construction for the first time…

Why housing costs should scare tech workers too

Technology industry workers are not apathetic. The industry is known for its passionate defense of civil liberties, growing movements in education and immigration reform and the unprecedented…