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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Housing
January 22, 2015 at 4:33 PM

Taxes and utilities can cause rent increases

Danny Westneat’s column and any article for the last two years about rent increases in the city of Seattle have all forgotten to mention several reasons for the rent increases [“Even some landlords shocked by rent hikes,” Local News, Jan. 16]. All utilities have gone up as well as power, such as gas and…

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Comments | More in Housing | Topics: Danny Westneat, Linda L. Jacobin, property tax

January 20, 2015 at 6:05 AM

Massive rent increases make the case for rent control

The rent increases that The Seattle Times reported taking place at the Linda Manor Apartments are unfair and should be illegal [“Rents rising quickly as older buildings change hands,” Business, Jan. 12]. Renters should not have to pay for bad investments made by real-estate speculators. Bauhaus Partners knew going into this purchase what the…

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Comments | More in Housing | Topics: Bauhaus Partners, housing, Linda Manor Apartments

January 5, 2015 at 10:58 AM

Affordable housing: Middle class is paying

Ethan Blevins’ guest column “Forcing developers to fund Seattle’s affordable housing is wrong” [Opinion, Jan. 1] is a wonderful exercise in Dickensian irony. This city and state are rife with government handouts and concessions to developers. Every infrastructure project is paid for largely by the middle class but benefit the wealthy disproportionately. Utility price…

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Comments | More in Housing | Topics: Affordable Housing, development, real estate

November 4, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Neighborhood transformation: Hurting longtime residents

I read, with some amusement The Seattle Times article on the tearing down of ramblers in older Bellevue neighborhoods [“Teardowns transforming Bellevue neighborhoods,” Local News, Nov. 2]. This has been going on in South Snohomish County for years. Our once peaceful neighborhood has become a hodgepodge of older ramblers and 3,000- to 4,000-square-foot…

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Comments | More in Housing | Topics: bellevue, Dorothy Tobin, property tax

October 29, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Affordable housing: Making sure everyone has community’s interest in mind

Given The Seattle Times critique of the Seattle City Council’s recent proposal to assess market-rate housing developers with a linkage fee leaves me wondering how The Times would propose that we finance and build more affordable and low-income housing within our city [“Don’t blame development for the high cost of housing,” Opinion, Oct….

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Comments | More in Housing | Topics: development, housing, Linkage fee

October 4, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Affordable housing: Greater supply doesn’t equal affordability

The editorial “How to Keep Housing Affordable: Build More” [Opinion, Sept. 29] failed to address several key issues. It is the destruction of affordable housing by developers that most directly impacts current residents. The widespread conversion of older apartments into upscale condos or rentals is driven by investor greed, without pity for the residential…

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Comments | More in Housing | Topics: Affordable Housing, David Yao, Seattle City Council

September 17, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Affordable housing: Add requirement to add parking spots

I am not opposed to the development of high-density housing (apodments, micro-housing, etc.) in Seattle [“Seattle weighing new tax on builders for affordable housing,” Local News, Sept. 16]. My concern is about parking. I live in the Eastlake neighborhood, where street parking is quite difficult. My plea to the Seattle City Council: allow high-density…

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Comments | More in Housing | Topics: apodments, Bob Palmer, Eastlake

June 3, 2014 at 7:02 AM

Use inclusionary zoning to preserve affordable housing

William Brown / Op Art

Guest columnists David Bloom and John Fox hit the nail on the head [“Where is affordability and livability in the rush to build more housing?” Opinion, May 30].

Developers need to do more to stymie displacement in this city, and the answer is mandatory inclusionary zoning. Housing projects are regularly approved that demolish affordable units and replace them with high-end units — and that’s putting a squeeze on middle-income and working families. Too few units have been

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Comments | More in Housing | Topics: Affordable Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Seattle City Council

December 31, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Affordable housing: use savings from parking to fund transit; should we be building more housing?

Use savings from less parking to fund transit It seems that the issues of parking provided in new apartment construction are seldom linked to the availability of public transit [“How to create more affordable housing,” Opinion, Dec. 29]. Limiting parking to encourage a reduction in local traffic would seem to be a good idea if there were…

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Comments | More in Housing | Topics: Affordable Housing