For decades, affluent homebuyers in search of coastal vacation property gravitated to the ocean, where real estate prices were higher but returns on investment were reliably strong. But this summer, rising sea levels are changing the way people...
Mike RosenbergMalibu beaches have receded by as much as 50 feet in front of luxury homes over the past decade.
Now the city is using $55M-$60M in taxpayer funds every 10 years to restore beaches in front of 100+ homes. The median home along the waterfront costs $6.3M
Real average hourly earnings for all employees decreased 0.2 percent from July 2017 to July 2018. The decline in real average hourly earnings combined with the 0.3-percent increase in the average workweek resulted in a 0.1-percent increase in real...
Vulcan, which owns the property and is developing the campus, expects to begin construction toward the end of 2019 and to finish in July 2021.
Mike RosenbergOffice buildings in Seattle
Google: 4 under construction/ 1 more planned
Amazon: over 40, with several more on the way
(Both Facebook and Google will be among the top five office employers in Seattle.)
In a city where filthy sidewalks are many residents’ No. 1 complaint, City Hall has come up with a new way to deal with No. 2. It sounds like silly elementary school banter, but it’s real. San Francisco is about to launch the Poop Patrol. In about a...
Mike RosenbergThe richest city in America has launched a Poop Patrol because there are so many homeless people defecating in the streets. There have been more than 14,000 reports of poop on San Francisco streets this year
If permits were issued at historic rates (defined on a per incremental capita basis) over the last 10 years, there would have been some 2.3 million more single-family homes built nationwide. If permits were issued at historic rates (defined on a per...
Crews have been repaving 35th Avenue Northeast since June in a project planned to include bicycle lanes and parking restrictions — prompting an outcry from some neighbors.
Mike RosenbergConstruction crews replacing some parking spots with bike lanes in a quiet Seattle neighborhood found fireworks in their equipment. Some neighbors in the area had been sharply opposed to the bike lanes and construction workers say they had been yelled at
Despite a record construction spree in Seattle, housing growth is actually down a bit this decade across King County as a whole, because development in the suburbs has plunged from its historical average.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles has a secret office in the Legislative Office Building in downtown Sacramento where elected officials and their staff can request appointments to renew their vehicle registration or apply for Real ID.
Mike RosenbergIn California, the average wait time at the DMV jumped 46% this year - to 69 minutes.
Meanwhile, the state Legislature has been enjoying a secret, private DMV office in the Capitol
Housing affordability in the Bay Area fell sharply in the second quarter, as record home prices and rising mortgage rates more than offset rising incomes. In the Bay Area, only 18 percent of households could afford to buy a median-priced...
Mike RosenbergBay Area households need a minimum $219,000 salary just to qualify to buy a house.
In San Francisco proper, you need $344,000 to qualify for a house
(the national average salary to afford a house is $57,000)
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan signed an executive order creating an Innovation Advisory Council and named its co-chairs.
Mike RosenbergThe Seattle tech companies that helped defeat the head that would have funded homelessness services are coming together to use their brain-power on the homelessness issue instead.
Asked what they might accomplish, the mayor suggested maybe an app
Pearl Jam’s Aug. 8 and 10 concerts at Safeco Field — the band’s first Seattle dates in five years — are the centerpiece of a week’s worth of events and promotions aimed at raising money to combat homelessness in King County.
Mike RosenbergPearl Jam has helped raise $11.5 million to combat Seattle homelessness ahead of its charitable Home Shows at the Mariners ballpark.
Guitarist Mike McCready: “That’s what I do love about Seattle — its giving nature. It will err on the side of morality.”
For a city well versed in the language of equity and inclusion, the residents of Seattle are once again failing to consider how those values translate into decisions.
Mike RosenbergSeattle school board member: "Single-family zoning perpetuates racism & segregation. Our wealthiest neighborhoods — the ones with the best schools — aren’t mostly White by accident. They are mostly White because we have used the law to keep them that way."
A proposal for a five-story, 57-unit building in South Berkeley has come back in its latest iteration after a failed attempt in 2013 to get city approval.
Mike RosenbergBerkeley (avg rent: $3,100) rejects 5-story apartment for being too big.
“This is an insane invasion of privacy," a zoning board member said. "This is not how we do things in Berkeley. Berkeleyans depend on the afternoon sun. It’s what we live for.”
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state's transportation chief says it would be "impossible" to cure the traffic congestion, blaming the actual cause of car-clogged highways on the region
Mike RosenbergWashington state's highways chief says traffic congestion "is a problem we simply cannot solve" because so many people have to drive hours each day to get to work. The only housing they can afford is far away