microhousing

Environment
3:59 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

The Politics Of Microhousing In Seattle

Microhousing offers affordable housing for residents in Seattle, but not without downsides.
Seattle Department of Planning and Development

David Hyde spoke with Publicola's Erica C. Barnett about microhousing, the debate over a possible Seattle City Light surcharge, and other issues facing the city.

Real Estate Development
10:00 am
Mon March 18, 2013

A Look Inside A Micro Apartment

Microhousing construction in Capitol Hill.
Flickr Photo/Jseattle/Capitol Hill Seattle Blog

We've been taking a look at the rise of microhousing in Seattle. Tiny apartments that offer cheaper rent for less living space have been popping up in high demand neighborhoods like the University District and Capitol Hill. Some residents have voiced concerns over the new developments, fearing they skirt zoning laws and create too much density too quickly. Today, KUOW's Jeannie Yandel takes us inside a micro apartment. Also, we'll talk with Seattle microhousing developer Jim Potter.

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Real Estate Development
10:00 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Rising Popularity Of Microhousing

Microhousing construction in Capitol Hill.
Credit Flickr Photo/Jseattle/Capitol Hill Seattle Blog

As the cost of living continues to rise in the city, people are finding it harder to find an affordable place to live. To accommodate the demand, developers are building microhousing -- tiny studio apartments with private bathrooms that share a kitchen with other units. The microhouses boast affordable living in high-demand neighborhoods such as Capitol Hill and the University District. However, residents in some neighborhoods fear the developments skirt zoning laws and create too much density too fast. City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen is considering legislation that could put new restrictions on microhousing. He joins us to explain.

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