For Marketplace: Stories on Seattle Growth

The view from Amazon’s HQ1 in Seattle is cranes, construction and luxury apartments

October 17, 2017

In a few years, the view around HQ1 has morphed from low-slung warehouses to tall, modern apartment buildings and cranes that poke out of construction sites around every bend.

Seattle increasing affordable housing through a bargain with private developers

September 25, 2017

These days, many buildings in Seattle are like crabs, molting their old shells and growing bigger. The soundtrack of demolition is everywhere: heavy machinery and falling rubble.

The city is trying to harness this growth to make housing more affordable in the long run and ensure middle- and low-income people can still afford to live in town, even as it grows. The plan, called the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda, relies on an exchange between the city and private developers known as the “grand bargain.”

Seattle tries voucher system to reform campaign finance

February 21, 2017

The city of Seattle is trying out a campaign finance experiment in city elections using a system known as Democracy Vouchers to give money to candidates.

Seattle plans to use bond funding to pay for more affordable housing units

January 9, 2017

Rents in Seattle are rising at some of the fastest rates in the nation, according to data from Zillow, leaving many out in the cold. Now the city is using a new approach to fund affordable housing: issuing bonds. This time, instead of funding parking meters and police stations, the bond money will help provide shelter to people who need it.