4/2/19 Wall Street REITS have bought up 6% of housing stock since 2014, reducing vacancy rates, increasing rents and house prices, and making individual homeowners compete with corporations
Age of Homeowners since 1982 https://www.census.gov/housing/hvs/data/charts/fig07.pdf
Housing Density in Olympia/Thurston County: https://trpc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=6b95b28f98564ed29729b980ff86ed67
2106 Zillow Renter Study:https://wwcw.zillow.com/research/zillow-group-report-2016-13279/#rentercharacter
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
3/21/19 Seattle Times warns against proposed Senate Bill 5812, and House Bills 1797 and 1923. These bills over-ride local control of zoning, replacing it with MM-type zoning. It won't increase affordability, but advantages developers https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/editorials/legislators-dont-meddle-in-city-planning/
2/4/19 Income inequality is a major cause not being able to afford standard housing:
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
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
Leasing your backyard: https://nwcitizen.com/entry/uberization-of-your-backyard-instant-debt-creation
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
Missing Middle to be required in Washington in SB5769 and SB1797 - a mistake.
See details here. Contact your legislator NOW.
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
MM Summary (Bob Jacobs): here
Portland Planner MM Complaint: here