Affordability Crisis

Seattle is one of the fastest growing cities in America, and the new population is bringing unprecedented wealth from the technology industry. People of lower incomes are being displaced, as housing costs have far outpaced what people earn.

While the city raised the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and created a comprehensive plan to build affordable housing, renters and buyers alike are trying to make sense of a fast-changing landscape.

For a sweeps story, I compared the housing policies of San Francisco and Seattle:

The mayor comes out against rent control:

Low-wage workers ask for reduced hours to be able to keep their subsidies for child care and rent:

A Seattle artist makes a political statement by placing fake land use signs around the city on April Fool’s Day: