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…More
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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…More
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 beenMore
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…More