Crosscut coverage of the “Save the U-District” forum

Crosscut’s Josh Cohen reported on the U-District’s Community Forum, held Tuesday, May 16th, covering the city’s proposed upzones. Although the article was a fair representation of the forum, SFG believes the label "anti-growth advocates" is a gross mischaracterization and one of the many labels (NIMBY, white, elitists, racists) being used by for profit interests, and … Continue reading Crosscut coverage of the “Save the U-District” forum

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“What is an Urban Village?” said the blissfully ignorant me

By Susanna Lin In January of this year, the Wallingford Community Council convened a meeting to educate the neighborhood on changes to zoning and housing policies that could have drastic effects on our neighborhood and our city. I attended, as did many others (around 200 were in attendance). At this meeting, I asked the person … Continue reading “What is an Urban Village?” said the blissfully ignorant me

Urbanists lie about single-family zoning

by David B. – rumblecrash.com Somewhere between 35% and 49% of the land in the city of Seattle is zoned for single-family homes, depending on exactly how you count. But the urbanists and their developer backers continue to claim that the number is "two-thirds," between 63% and 67%. The urbanists lie about this because they want homeowners … Continue reading Urbanists lie about single-family zoning

Mother-in-law units are key to housing affordability

By Sarajane Siegfriedt Special to the Seattle Times The Seattle City Council should loosen restrictions to encourage more homeowners to convert their basements into accessory dwelling units. WHEN I was in my 50s, with my son out of the house, I began planning to supplement my income by turning my half-finished daylight basement into a … Continue reading Mother-in-law units are key to housing affordability