A houseboat is shown on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, off of Fairview Avenue East in Seattle. 
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A houseboat is shown on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, off of Fairview Avenue East in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

How Seattle houseboats have managed to stay afloat

A half century ago Seattle had more than 2,000 houseboats. Today only about 500 remain.

Over the decades the houseboat community has struggled to stay afloat as a result of policy changes, higher moorage fees and evictions.

Local historian Knute "The Mossback" Berger says, "There's been a long tradition of accepting houseboats and then periodically deciding, well, this is a bad idea."

On this episode of SoundQs we explore the history of houseboats and look at what makes this community so unique.

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