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Category: Housing market
November 27, 2013 at 7:34 AM

Keep up with the times, accept micro-housing

Change is difficult, but the city can’t cling to the past

Thanks to The Seattle Times for urging me to step outside my comfort zone in order to gracefully accept the micro-housing being constructed without any parking allotment: the apartments and condos being built with inadequate off-street parking and other high-density, low-parking plans for my Ballard neighborhood [“A coherent affordable housing strategy needed,” Opinion, Nov. 21].


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September 17, 2013 at 6:27 AM

Density in Seattle neighborhoods

Unsightly, cramped In a recent editorial, The Times repeated claims that density is good for Seattle because it “creates more vibrant, walkable neighborhoods.” [“How to build denser Seattle neighborhoods,” Opinion, Sept. 9.] Well, I beg to differ. Seattle’s vibrancy is not enhanced by the current policy of blindly permitting “density” housing no matter how it looks,…


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September 10, 2013 at 7:31 AM

Big house on small lot in Seattle neighborhood

House doesn’t belong Neighbors Deborah Clarke, left, and Anne Chilimbi, right, are not happy about a house being built on a small lot, in Northeast Seattle. [Ken Lambert, The Seattle Times.] So the builder feels the home he is shoehorning into a neighborhood fits the character because there are a variety of styles? [“Feeling the squeeze,”…


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May 3, 2013 at 6:06 AM

Seattle’s low-income housing debate

Affordable housing is scarce because of strict regulations Rachel Myers’ op-ed bemoaned the lack of affordable housing in Seattle [“Affordable housing is a myth for struggling King County families,” Opinion, April 28]. The “cures” were the same we always hear: Squeeze developers to sell below market, more government funding and prohibit landlords from turning away Section…


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March 30, 2013 at 6:02 AM

Housing market tuns around, surprises industry

Boom is bust for buyers I have been following recent news coverage of the “reviving” housing market with considerable and growing dismay, because invariably there is a built-in bias favoring sellers and related industries over homebuyers [“Bust to boomlet: Housing turnaround stuns industry,” News, March 21]. It may be fine for house flippers, investors and tract…


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September 11, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Federal cabins: Sweetheart deals or a fight with bloated bureaucracy?

Cabin owners are stewards of federal land As described in The Times’ article, families on Reclamation land who have had simple cabins 50 or more years now stand to lose them due to the new fee increase [“Families getting pushed out of cherished cabins,” page one, Sept. 9]. Our experience with the Bureau of Reclamation is…


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July 10, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Houses vs. trees: move the bus wires instead

Electric bus wires should go so houses can move Editor, The Times: In the July 9 front-page article headlined “Houses vs. trees,” it wasn’t until deep in the story that we learn the true nature of the conflict. A more accurate headline would have been “Trees vs. electric bus wires.” A lush overhang of mature trees makes a…


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June 2, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Real-estate values

Dropping prices, rising taxes — what’s going on? The Times’ article on real -state values was long on human-interest stories and the touting of light rail and diversity, and included a useful table on neighborhood property values [“Housing market has surprise bright spot,” page one, May 31]. But despite such pleasant details, it left readers gaping…


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May 1, 2009 at 10:00 PM

Foreclosures in Auburn

Lakeland Hills unfairly targeted As a Lakeland Hills resident for the past four years, I was dismayed at the tone of the three-page article on foreclosures [“Local foreclosures soar threefold in two years,” page one, April 26]. The article gives a misleading, one-sided slant regarding life in Lakeland Hills. Yes, homes have been lost, but mainly due…


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