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 By Roger Valdez

City Hall

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 By Roger Valdez

On Other Blogs

On Other Blogs: Gay Marriage and Density

Some posts we missed while we were on sabbatical.

07/09/2012 By Erica C. Barnett


There's No Guarantee that More Housing Lowers Prices, But I'll Bet that It Does. Here's Why.

Transportation and land-use wonk Roger Valdez concedes one point---that increased housing supply doesn't necessarily lower prices---but maintains that Seattle has enough going for it that people will move here if we create enough housing of all kinds. Ima

04/26/2012 By Josh Feit

City Hall

Yesler Terrace Redevelopment Moves Forward

The council gets a look at the Seattle Housing Authority's proposal to redevelop the Yesler Terrace public housing project as a much larger, high-rise, mixed-income development.

04/16/2012 By Erica C. Barnett

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Seattle Transit Blog: Most Seattle Residents Live in Multifamily Housing

Contrary to the widespread view that Seattle is dominated by single-family housing, the US Census finds that most of us now live in apartments.

01/24/2012 By Erica C. Barnett

On Other Blogs

Seattle's Land Use Code: Preventing Transit-Oriented Blight

Seattle's Land Use Code: Why "overdevelopment" is actually a good thing.

12/28/2011 By Erica C. Barnett


Toward a New Definition of "Affordability"

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

12/12/2011 By Roger Valdez

City Hall

Rowhouses and No Parking Requirements: Coming to Seattle!

The city council prepares to adopt the first major changes to low-rise zoning in decades.

11/30/2010 By Erica C. Barnett


Housing Belongs Next to the Sculpture Park

An appeal won by Belltown residents has resulted in a the scrapping of a proposed high-density housing project adjacent to the Olympic Sculpture Park, and the developer has now come back with plans for an office building.

07/26/2010 By Dan Bertolet


The Tallest Building in Pike/Pine

By preserving an existing historic facade to gain a 10 foot height allowance increase, a proposed seven story building at 11th and Pine would be the tallest building in the Pike/Pine neighborhood.

07/13/2010 By Dan Bertolet



06/15/2010 By Dan Bertolet


Redefining Dumb

05/17/2010 By Dan Bertolet


Greener Building Codes: Cool But Costly

New state building codes with tougher energy-efficiency requirements could jack up construction costs anywhere from $2,800 to $20,000 or more per home... depending on whom you believe.

04/27/2010 By Jane Hodges