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Tag: housing

Rent Control is Not the Answer (Just Look at SF)

July 28th, 2015

Originally posted at The Seattle Times. Rent control is not the answer to Seattle’s housing crisis. But as housing demand outpaces housing supply, renters are bearing the resulting brunt of rent increases. Understandably, for renters who want to halt these rising costs, rent control sounds like an appealing idea. Some politicians are seizing upon the […]

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HALA: What’s the Plan?

July 20th, 2015

The first meeting of the Select Committee on Housing Affordability, of which I am vice-chair, will be today, Monday, July 20, where the Council will receive a briefing on the entire Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) suite of recommendations. Once the Council has been briefed, we’ll create a work plan and schedule to prioritize […]

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Around Town Last Week

July 20th, 2015

Last week I had the opportunity to see the economic resiliency of the waterfront up close and check out the progress on the Seawall project, the newly renovated Pier 54 and Ivar’s Acres of Clams, and the Seattle Aquarium expansion plan.  I also had a chance to talk shop with a vibrant group of civically […]

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Council Conversation

July 16th, 2015

Josephine Cheng chatted with me at the Wing Luke Museum about what I plan to accomplish during my short tenure as a Councilmember on some of the city’s hottest issues like affordable housing, data disaggregation, transportation and more. Catch up with us HERE.

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Seattle Deserves a Complete Housing Solution

June 8th, 2015

Seattle is the fastest growing big city in the U.S., and Seattle’s infrastructure is bursting at the seams. Skyrocketing housing prices are squeezing low-income Seattleites — often people of color, immigrants, and refugees — out of Seattle. Efforts to improve the problem have been under way for some time.  For example, subsidies help low-income renters […]

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