Real Talk About Housing in Seattle: Affordability, Diversity, and Backyard Cottages

First, here are some numbers to consider regarding the record low inventory of Seattle housing: Single Family Homes are averaging at $811K in sales as of last year. Condos are averaging at $535K. The average rent for a -bedroom apartment is $2,200/month. The Social Impacts of Poor Housing Policy This isn’t just making home ownership an impossible dream for most people in Seattle. The negative effects extend into the city’s culture, as it displaces poorer residents and gentrifies neighborhoods. The results include: A more homogenized population, especially regarding race (70% of us are white). Less arts, culture,¬†and creativity overall, as creative minds of all stripes are forced out by rising prices. An unfair burdening of south Seattle neighborhoods by upzoning. That last point is connected with Seattle’s shameful history of Redlining. Racist covenants and discriminatory lending (some of which persisted openly into the 1970s) banned people of color from purchasing … Continue reading Real Talk About Housing in Seattle: Affordability, Diversity, and Backyard Cottages