Storm of the Century?: City Planners Blow the Housing Forecast and Microhousing

Apartment guru Mike Scott of Dupree + Scott has just released their latest Apartment Advisor newsletter and it is packed with lots of great data. I won’t go through his clarion explanation of supply and demand and vacancy rates (Surprise! Lower vacancy rates mean higher rents), or his discussion of the fact that rent increases aren’t […]

Reality Check: High Demand for Apartments is the New Normal

It’s just as easy to get lost in the details and data as it is to get caught up in anecdotal information about housing. Too much data can take away from our compassion about people who are suffering and struggling even if it is a small number, and too many stories about outliers can distort […]

California Study: More Private Development Means Lower Rents

It’s red herring week here at Smart Growth Seattle and today we put the “building new market housing causes displacement” and “inclusionary zoning helps that problem” red herrings in the compost bin. The headline of the blog post summing up a California Legislative Analyst Office (LAO) study says it all: Want to Slow Displacement? Then Build […]