Affordability Crisis

Seattle is one of the fastest growing cities in America, and the new population is bringing unprecedented wealth from the technology industry. Housing is scarce, and low-wage workers continue to fight for better working conditions.

While the city has recently raised the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and created a comprehensive plan to build affordable housing, elected leaders continue with efforts to regulate worker schedules and allow rideshare drivers to collectively bargain.

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A Seattle company calculates the maximum profit potential for any property in the county, so developers can make offers on the land. But after I did the first story questioning whether this would make the rich richer, the CEO decided to allow the public to see, too:

Seattle had one of the nation’s first housing levies, a dedicated source of funding to build below-market housing for low-income residents. But this year, Mayor Ed Murray asked to renew it at an unprecedented level of $290 million:

Seattle is the most expensive place to live in Washington state, but its teachers are not the highest paid. In the midst of a teacher strike, I looked into why that’s happening:

Seattle’s mayor comes out against rent control:

In December, Seattle became the first city in the nation to allow drivers of Uber and Lyft to unionize:

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