Category Archives: Zoning

Greater Downtown Keeps Going

Photo Credit Graphite Design Group Long ago it was clear that this greater Downtown Seattle boom was unlike any before. Six years after the first groundbreakings, the frenzy seems poised to keep going for a long while. Big companies and … Continue reading

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How Grand is the Bargain?

It’s great that a “grand bargain” on housing affordability is being discussed via the Mayor’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) action plan. People are talking to each other, and the result might be relatively balanced. But we could do … Continue reading

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Seattle might keep going

The duration and intensity of the Downtown Seattle development boom is getting a little surprising, beyond even my optimistic guesses from a few years ago. This isn’t just another Seattle-type boom. But here’s the kicker: things seem poised to keep … Continue reading

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My Micro NY is made of prefab modular

Brookyn firm nArchitects has designed New York’s first micro-apartment complex. The project, called My Micro NY, is made of prefabricated modular units that will be stacked into place this spring and go on the market this summer. The 55 units … Continue reading

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Microhousing: good or bad?

How Small Are They? Microhousing: good or bad? Did you know Seattle is the pioneer in microhousing – that is apartments with an average size of 150 square feet?  An article in Politico says this is because of our real estate … Continue reading

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Will Council Raise Rents for Everyone?

It’s a repeated movie scene: soccer player dribbles down the field, overcoming all opposition and ignoring the shouting onlookers….and scores in the wrong goal. City Council members say they want Seattle to be affordable, but the Land Use Committee is … Continue reading

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IZ and Inclusion: Time to Find Better Ideas

Alcyone Apartments in South Lake Union. Photo by author. Recently the Capitol Hill Housing Improvement Program (CHHIP) decided they are no longer endorsing incentive and inclusionary policy to create affordable housing. Is it possible that even non-profit housing agencies are seeing … Continue reading

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Can growth reduce traffic?

Via6, photo by Tim Rice Often we look at development and wonder what will happen to traffic. This comes up a lot regarding greater Downtown Seattle, particularly the fast-growing northern portions. Actually, the truth might be pretty good. The reasons … Continue reading

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Should you mix affordable and upscale housing?

Outdoor seating and landscaped areas would surround the ground floor of the R.C. Hedreen Co. project. Image courtesyof LMN Architects Should “affordable” housing be mixed with high-income housing within the same building? That’s the subject of a short video by … Continue reading

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“Vanity Height” added to more skyscrapers

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has looked at the increasing trend towards extreme spires and other extensions of supertall (300-meter-plus) buildings that do not enclose usable space, and created a new term to describe this – Vanity … Continue reading

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