Interesting Links

City Council member Clark Gilman sums up the MM process at the 9/11/18 council meeting: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fXw1RpvB-52jWH4qqvL-9gFkG-AmF2I7/view?usp=sharing

Missing Middle experience in other cities

2/4/19 Income inequality is a major cause not being able to afford standard housing:

https://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/new-plan-to-build-middle-class-housing-is-a-good-start-we-also-need-to-rebuild-the-middle-class/?utm_source=marketingcloud&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Morning+Brief+2-4-19_2_4_2019&utm_term=Registered%20User

1/21/19 Seattle's version of MM (MHA) doesn't produce significant affordable housing, degrades neighborhoods, and further gives advantage to developers: 

https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/editorials/engage-to-save-seattle-neighborhoods/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=article_left_1.1

12/31/18 Seattle: Does upzoning lower housing prices? Maybe Not. https://www.citylab.com/life/2019/01/zoning-reform-house-costs-urban-development-gentrification/581677/

The failure of MM in Portland 9/27/18: https://portlandtribune.com/pt/10-opinion/407294-304803-my-view-residential-infill-project-is-unneeded

Seattle Times 9/11/18: Seattle's Mandatory Housing Affordability plan has failed to achieve affordability, liveability, or equity, or to pay attention to Seattle residents' needs and preferences. Read here.

Seattle Times Editorial Board 6/29/18: Missing Middle-type development is destructive to single-family neighborhoods, unnecessary for accommodating growth, and does not help the affordability crisis. Read here.

Seattle Leads the glut in rental units: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-07/rental-glut-sends-chill-through-the-hottest-u-s-housing-markets?utm_campaign=news&utm_medium=bd&utm_source=applenews

In 2017, Seattle's "Grand Bargain" builderss created 19 affordable housing units out of 8756 built, and $100,000 in affordability fees (in lieu of affordable units)out of 5.2 billion dollars spent on this housing. Read https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/seattles-affordable-housing-bargain-will-be-grand-when-developers-foot-the-bill/

Seattle Times Editorial Board on MM: https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/editorials/

Cheaper Housing for the rich, not the poor https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/in-expensive-cities-rents-fall-for-the-rich--but-rise-for-the-poor/2018/08/05/a16e5962-96a4-11e8-80e1-00e80e1fdf43_story.html?utm_term=.18d1cce33259

ADU affordability:https://nwcitizen.com/entry/legislation-by-anecdote-accessory-dwelling-units-in-bellingham

YIMBY laws in San Francisco: http://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/issue/2018-02-10/article/46473?headline=Wiener-s-SB-827-Claims-Debunked-by-SF-Planning-Department-Rep

Portland MM experience: http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2018/05/its_time_to_end_portlands_new.html

Portland MM in 2017: https://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/360341-239823-residents-challenge-missing-middle-plan

Leasing your backyard: https://nwcitizen.com/entry/uberization-of-your-backyard-instant-debt-creation

Seattle MM in 2016: https://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/a-teardown-a-day-bulldozing-the-way-for-bigger-homes-in-seattle-suburbs/

Vancouver BC Experience: https://vancouversun.com/opinion/op-ed/elizabeth-murphy-outgoing-vision-council-doing-chainsaw-massacre-to-city-zoning-without-public-consent

Misleading or false statements

MM will help the homeless: http://walkthurston.org/blog/missing-middle-matters

MM will have insignificant effects: https://www.theolympian.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article213557409.html

Letters

ORD&LN Letter to City Council 9/6/18: Timeline showing lack of MM public process and a rush to approval here

Missing Middle ignores known facts and research about housing. See here

Missing Middle was designed BEFORE the stakeholder group began meeting in 3/2017. See here

Planning Evaluator: here

One Size fits All: https://www.theolympian.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article213948534.html

MM Summary (Bob Jacobs): here

Portland non-NIMBY  :https://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/12/infill_and_the_missing_middle.html

Portland Planner MM Complaint: here

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