Category Archives: Housing Preservation

Two new studies challenge notion that upzoning leads to more affordable housing

“The trickle-down and ‘housing-as-opportunity’ school of thought are fundamentally flawed and lead to simplistic and misguided public policy recommendations” – Michael Storper, UCLA and London School of Economics We thought we’d share with you some information about a couple of … Continue reading

Posted in Density, Displacement, Gentrification, Housing Preservation, Neighborhoods, Upzoning

CM’s Mosqueda and Gonzalez upset that a supplemental EIS is required delaying vote on more UDistrict upzones. Their only concern: “how fast can you get it done?”

Here’s what happened at the Council’s briefing on more UDistrict upzones held with only 24-hour notice posted over a holiday It’s rare you get to testify before all nine councilmembers and for a whole two minutes no less!  But, in … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Density, Displacement, Gentrification, Housing Preservation, Neighborhoods, University District, Upzoning

June 11th, Tues 530pm, City Council public hearing on CM O’Brien’s ADU/DADU legislation

And scheduled on 18 June 2019, the Council is expected to hold a full council meeting to discuss amendments and possibly vote on O’Brien’s proposed legislation.   We were asked to alert folks to this important upcoming hearing on Councilmember O’Brien’s … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Density, Displacement, Gentrification, Housing Preservation, Neighborhoods, Uncategorized, Upzoning

I asked an experienced land use consultant to take me through one outcome of the DADU/ADU legislation

Here’s how David Moehring describes the process by which this new ADU/DADU legislation could lead to condo’izing one or more of the units on a site and selling them at very high prices? 1. Existing home owner has 5000 sq … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Density, Displacement, Gentrification, Housing Preservation, Neighborhoods

Councilmembers Gonzalez and Mosqueda level charges of racism against neighborhoods opposing their pro-density agenda; it’s polarizing and 180 degrees wrong

Especially since those bearing brunt of recently approved MHA upzones are communities of color Reprinted from our column in Pacific Publishing News – Carolee Colter and John V. Fox Before voting in favor of the citywide upzones last month accompanying … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Density, Displacement, Gentrification, Housing Preservation, Neighborhoods, racial justice, Upzoning

Council discussion of CM Herbold’s anti-displacement bill originally scheduled for next week has been postponed

Community leaders say “without passage of Herbold’s bill, our city can’t begin to manage, let alone overcome, homelessness;  our shortage of low cost housing can only grow” Originally scheduled for next week’s City Council Land Use Committee Meeting, April 17th, … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, Density, Displacement, Gentrification, Homelessness, Housing Preservation, racial justice, Uncategorized, Upzoning

MHA upzones: 60 percent of lots the city identified as “likely to be redeveloped” are located in lower income areas of the Central District, Southeast Seattle, and other Southend neighborhoods

Map of the city’s list of vulnerable sites shows communities of color face potentially the greatest change due to MHA upzoning: 85 percent of the 1000 largest upzoned single-family lots are in Central District and South Seattle There’s some startling … Continue reading

Posted in City Hall, Density, Displacement, Gentrification, Housing Preservation, Neighborhoods, Upzoning