UDF: A New Urbanist, A Historian, and An Urbanist - Single Family in Seattle
When it comes to housing, Seattle is constrained by it’s zoning. Not only is housing in Seattle geographically constrained, but, more significantly it is constrained by the limited number of households allowed in it’s single family zones. This artificial constraint on land available for housing (in combination with Seattle’s inability to building enough housing to keep up with job growth) has increased the cost of housing in the region and pushed citizens further out from our city’s urban/service nodes.
The vision of what single family could be in Seattle has not been well defined and many existing single family residents are concerned about the changes that could happen. This forum will present ideas about how single family in Seattle could evolve to allow access by more of the city’s citizens (from a new urbanist perspective, from a contextual/historical perspective, from an urbanist perspective) and then open up to the audience to discuss concerns and opportunities related to redefining single family zoning in Seattle.
If we do not find a way to get existing neighbors on board, we will never create the political will to revise our single family zones.