April 2, 2013 at 6:33 AM
Debate over large-house, small-lot development in Seattle
A response to housing costs
I enjoyed Lynn Thompson’s story “Big houses, small lots” [page one, April 1] but noticed two curious omissions: Nowhere in the story does she mention supply and demand or Seattle’s soaring rent.
Larger houses are, in part, a response to high housing costs in Seattle; because the cost per square foot is so high, it makes sense to build as many square feet on a given parcel of land as possible.
If Seattle genuinely wants affordable housing, the only real solution is to allow developers to build taller in more places, thus increasing the supply of units and decreasing the price from what it would otherwise be.
– Jake Seliger, Seattle
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