rental market http://www.kplu.org en As Ballard Complex Residents Face 75 Percent Rent Hike, Licata Calls For Future City Action http://www.kplu.org/post/ballard-complex-residents-face-75-percent-rent-hike-licata-calls-future-city-action <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Options are running out for tenants of an apartment complex in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood who are facing much higher rents once the new owner renovates their units. Seattle City Council members say more needs to be done to make sure other renters don’t face a similar plight.</span></p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 01:59:44 +0000 Ashley Gross 13908 at http://www.kplu.org As Ballard Complex Residents Face 75 Percent Rent Hike, Licata Calls For Future City Action Undercover sting finds illegal housing discrimination in Seattle http://www.kplu.org/post/undercover-sting-finds-illegal-housing-discrimination-seattle <p>A snapshot of everyday business practices displays a pattern of discrimination against black and disabled renters in Seattle. That&rsquo;s the conclusion of <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/news/detail.asp?ID=12207&amp;dept=15">an undercover investigation</a> by the city&rsquo;s Office for Civil Rights.&nbsp;</p><p>The city contracted with the non-profit Fair Housing Center of Washington to test 48 properties that were randomly selected. It found more than half of all properties tested showed evidence of illegal housing discrimination.</p><p> Fri, 21 Oct 2011 17:16:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2960 at http://www.kplu.org Undercover sting finds illegal housing discrimination in Seattle Building project aims to revitalize Pioneer Square and Seattle http://www.kplu.org/post/building-project-aims-revitalize-pioneer-square-and-seattle <p>Construction of a shiny, new high rise is underway in Seattle&rsquo;s oldest neighborhood. Residents, elected officials and the developer ushered in the Pioneer Square project they say will bring big changes to the entire city.</p><p>While one new building on the outskirts of downtown doesn&rsquo;t seem like cause for a big to-do, King County&rsquo;s executive, a couple of councilmembers and a former mayor all came out to the ground breaking.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 28 Sep 2011 01:51:43 +0000 Charla Bear 2746 at http://www.kplu.org Building project aims to revitalize Pioneer Square and Seattle Seattle apartments: small is beautiful http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-apartments-small-beautiful <p>Is the active street life in places such as Tokyo and Barcelona due, in part, to the fact that many people there live in very small apartments? When your living quarters are about the size of a jail cell (90 to 100 square feet, including the bathroom), then perhaps it&#39;s nicer to be outside sitting on a park bench, or spending time in cafes.&nbsp; Maybe Seattle&#39;s street life will perk up with the micro-apartment trend that&#39;s happening here.</p><p> Tue, 03 May 2011 12:00:00 +0000 John Maynard & Richard Hagar 1521 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle apartments: small is beautiful Race to build apartments could be good for renters and construction workers http://www.kplu.org/post/race-build-apartments-could-be-good-renters-and-construction-workers <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-964399.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-964399.mp3</a></p><p>Some industries are slowly creating jobs again, but construction isn&rsquo;t really one of them. The state <a href="http://www.workforceexplorer.com/article.asp?ARTICLEID=11073&amp;PAGEID=148&amp;SUBID=">lost about 2,400 construction jobs</a> just last month, according to state employment economists. But in Seattle, hope could be on the horizon.</p><p>The clanking and pounding sounds of construction are starting to return to the city. Some builders who work on high-rise projects have been able to dust off their nail guns, thanks to a <a href="http://kplu.org/post/seattle-rental-vacancies-about-low-they-can-go">growing demand for apartments</a>.</p><p> Wed, 20 Apr 2011 23:20:54 +0000 Charla Bear 1244 at http://www.kplu.org Race to build apartments could be good for renters and construction workers