Thursday, February 25, 2016
How we Forced Development in Seattle
Robert Feldstein, Seattle’s Director of the Office of Policy & Innovation, holding out the silver bullet, or as he clarified “the silver buckshot,” for how Seattle had forced development.
Seattle, he explained, had got both sides in a room – both developers and [affordable housing] advocates. They may take some time to agree we were told, and there was lots of room for disagreement between these “adversaries.” So what was the magic solution this group advocated that the Bay Area embrace? Mandate forced up zoning. It was an incredulous moment. Never did Feldstein seem to mention any discussion of representation of homeowners and existing residents.