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Affordable Housing

What Vancouver, B.C., can teach us about housing

The Seattle area’s increases in home prices led the nation for the 13th straight month in November, the longest-ever such streak for real estate around…

Green group turns attention to affordable housing

An organization best known for saving large natural areas in rural areas is taking on a new task: affordable housing in the city. Forterra, formerly…

Council to mayor: Focus more on gentrification

It happened, Seattle. Our worst nightmare has come true: We’re now officially the new San Francisco. That is, of course, if you take the Wall…

Hundreds vie for a chance at affordable housing

It's a street-level reminder of the intense competition for affordable housing: People begin lining up on Sunday afternoon, 24 hours before they could apply for…

New bill aims to preserve the affordable housing we don’t even know exists

Just east of the Dick’s Drive-In near Seattle's Lake City Way and 125th, there are three or four blocks of old and not-so-charming apartment buildings from the time of…

The public health dilemma of a fading black community


Central District Arts could nurture a threatened legacy

In Seattle's rapidly changing neighborhoods, the world of arts and culture has voiced some of the sharpest cries about growing pains. Seattle’s finger-in-the-dyke response is its new…

Battered rent control resolution crawls its way to the full council

Although a resolution in support of lifting the statewide ban on rent control is not dead, its future isn't bright, either. The Seattle City Council’s…

Why it’s so hard to build truly affordable housing in Seattle

The Thunderbird Motel was a longtime eyesore, even among the notorious stretch of seedy establishments along Aurora Avenue. The gun violence, drug dealing and prostitution were…

Can Seattle legally force developers to fund affordable housing?

Last spring, as the clock ran down on Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's affordable housing task force, tensions built around proposals to require developers to help…

City Council looks for HALA answers

Are the recommendations of Mayor Ed Murray’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda group going to make real improvements in housing options for low-income people? The Seattle…

Land use: Seattle’s oh-so-human hesitations about change

Now that Mayor Ed Murray has shifted Housing and Livability Agenda (HALA) priorities away from changes to single-family zones and back toward Seattle’s traditional focus…

How much of Seattle’s housing is affordable? No one knows for sure

Until last month, I managed a 20-unit apartment building in Lake City. A one bedroom rented for about $900 a month; a two-bedroom, $1,100. One…

Seattle Council questions housing ideas

Five council members stood next to Mayor Ed Murray as he proudly introduced the 65 recommendations from his housing task group, the Housing Affordability and…

Half of pot citations go to homeless

At the request of the Seattle City Council, Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole came to City Hall Monday to address the disproportionate number of marijuana…

Testy: City Council tensions rise as rent control issue returns

Rising political tensions came to the surface on Monday as City Council members discussed housing issues. With Kshama Sawant still energized by the rejection of a…