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We Don't Need Rent Control

The city already has price controls in place along with other affordable housing programs and tools we can expand or use for affordable housing.

  • 05/06/2015
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Don't Let the Council Undermine the Affordable Housing Task Force with Election Year Pandering

Developer lobbyist Roger Valdez wary of council member Sally Clark's motives.

  • 02/03/2015
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Microhousing Developers Open Books

Developers claim new regulations would cause 40 percent increase in rent.

  • 09/08/2014
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Failing to Raise Fees on Developers Won't Lead to "Segregation"

Smart Growth Seattle's Roger Valdez argues that Seattle's affordable housing policy won't lead to racial "segregation" as some low-income housing advocates have said.

  • 08/12/2014
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Seattle City Council Common Denominator: Smothering Urban Innovation

There's a connection between the council's antipathy toward alternative transportation and alternative housing.

  • 04/15/2014
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Seattle Does Not Have A Workforce Housing Crisis

In a guest op/ed, Smart Growth Seattle's Roger Valdez argues that Seattle's housing need isn't for "workforce housing." It's for more housing—period.

  • 02/10/2014
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Want Lower Housing Prices? Increase Supply.

Want lower housing prices? Smart Growth Seattle's Roger Valdez says the solution has to include increased housing supply.

  • 01/28/2014
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Incentive Zoning Is Not the Answer

Cola op/ed contributor Roger Valdez argues that incentive zoning—greater density in exchange for more affordable housing—is not an affordability panacea.

  • 03/18/2013
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New Single-Family Housing Is Not the Enemy

Smart Growth Seattle's Roger Valdez responds to a Crosscut piece opposing development in single-family neighborhoods.

  • 02/07/2013
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The Affordable Housing Purity Test

Believing that market forces impact housing prices doesn't make you a Republican, density advocate Roger Valdez argues. Image via Richard Conlin's city of Seattle website.

  • 10/01/2012
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Affordable Housing Incentives: Why Housing Prices Aren't the Whole Story

Instead of lowering housing prices, we need to lower housing costs, argues urbanism advocate Roger Valdez.

  • 09/25/2012
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The Big-House "Emergency" Is Not An Emergency

The big-house "emergency" isn't an emergency at all, argues density advocate Roger Valdez .

  • 09/07/2012
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Working out the Gremlins: Density, Design, and Affordability

The anti-aesthetics of anti-density.

  • 03/30/2012
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The Myth of "Big Development"

Guest blogger Roger Valdez says Seattle needs an organized pro-development political movement.

  • 02/14/2012
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Toward a New Definition of "Affordability"

Roger Valdez: The problem with measuring "affordability" based on housing prices alone.

  • 12/12/2011


Glimmers of Hope in Land Use Planning (!)

Looking to find something to be happy about in a year that offered little more than grim political choices, Cola readers point to developments from 2011 that give them hope.

  • 11/25/2011
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Anti-Density Forces a No-Show at North Seattle Forum

Anti-density forces failed to show up at a North Seattle town hall last night with Mayor Mike McGinn, who fielded a wide range of tough questions.

  • 06/15/2011
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