The article on Seattle firms’ development of senior housing in China [“Seattle firms export expertise on senior housing to China,” Business, Jan. 10] indicates that Chinese policymakers are depending on their expertise in building its long-term care (LTC) system. The question is what kind of system will give elderly Chinese and their families the…More
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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…More
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….More
No longer is it only the extremely indigent citizens of our municipality who are being pushed to society’s margins and threatened with the daunting prospect of homelessness [“Longtime tenants get the boot from upgrades, soaring rents,” Local News, Sept. 29]. The sale of the Panorama House has precipitated an unexpected crisis for the many…More
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].
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,…More
Jobs should be first priority I recently turned 33, and can proudly say I do remember when gas was 99 cents a gallon, and even a quarter a gallon. I am struggling to meet basic daily needs such as clothing and food, having been let go from my job more than a month ago. [“Nickelsville…More
Apathy toward growing problem While I wasn’t shocked at the city of Seattle’s decision to reject Nick Licata’s proposal, I was slightly thrown by some of the comments on the recent editorial on homelessness. [“Who will step up to help the homeless?”, Opinion, Aug. 4.] I am starting to understand that there is widespread apathy in…More
Everyone should contribute If you want to know what is next in helping people who are homeless, your paper might promote an increase in county and city taxes that would be allocated specifically for more emergency services and affordable housing. [“Editorial: Who will step up to help the homeless?”, Opinion, Aug. 4.] Across the board, churches…More
One problem could solve the other In the Tuesday edition of The Seattle Times, I see two articles on the same front page of the local news: one on the Nickelsville homeless encampment, which must pull up stakes by mid-September [“City Council votes down bill for tent camps,” NW Tuesday, July 30]; and one on…More