Seattle’s new and wonderful housing plan

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is trying to revolutionize affordable housing and the way cities engage with and care for their low and middle-income populations. 

My two favorite proposals are the elimination of detached single family homes (rowhouses, duplexes, triplexes and other low-density buildings are acceptable because they are more space and resource efficient) and reducing the barriers to housing for formerly incarcerated individuals (currently it is almost impossible to find and apartment if you have a record). 

This plan is well researched and supported by statistics. It takes ideas already supported by housing advocates and gives them solid, government-endorsed backing. If implemented as designed, Seattle’s goal of 20,000 affordable units within ten years will be an exciting catalyst to affordable housing policy nationwide. 

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