California Report: Density Can Mean Affordability

Another gem from the recently released report on expensive housing in California: density means lower prices. Again, this isn’t a shock to many of us, but growth resisters have made density and supply dirty words. They aren’t, and in fact the report from California’s independent and non-partisian Legislative Analyst’s Office building more housing and dense housing […]

Council Does More Damage to Affordability Without Debate

I think the Seattle City Council has forgotten what a legislative body does: debate issues. Yesterday the City Council, with very little process or discussion, plowed ahead and passed substantial changes to the Multifamily Tax Exemption (MFTE) Program for Small Efficiency Dwelling Units or SEDUs, the new version of microhousing created by the City last […]

City Council Poised to Make Damaging Changes to MFTE

Once again the Seattle City Council has ignored the math and concerns from builders and is ready to substantially chance the voluntary Multifamily Tax Exemption program in a way that will reduce participation. Councilmember Sally Clark will propose legislation to the full Council later this morning that will lower the threshold for affordability to 40 […]