Stop Luxury Housing at Talaris and Build Housing for Everyone

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 Who?

  •  A couple of months ago, inspired by the fantastic organizing for housing at Fort Lawton near Discovery Park, we formed Affordable Talaris. We want to ensure that Seattle uses all of its land for the most equitable purposes and the most just outcomes. We believe Seattleites can work together to address racial and economic desegregation. We passionately support development without displacement. We would love you to join us in these efforts. 

What?

  • We urge the City Council to deny permits to Quadrant Homes for the current proposal at Talaris in Laurelhurst.
  • Despite sitting in the heart of a growing city in desperate need of affordable housing, this location is slated to host 60 suburban-style homes — starting at 2 million each — with no affordable units whatsoever.

Why?

  • Please read our op-ed in The Stranger (Guest Editorial: Luxury Homes for Rich People or Housing for Everyone? May 2, 2018)
  • If you've been to a land use hearing in the last 10 years, you've no doubt heard homeowners declare that they're not against development, but they want to do it right. Affordable Talaris organizers believe development should provide many more people with the opportunity to live near sought-after schools, abundant open space, grocery stores, a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line, two major regional hospitals, the most useful bike trail in the city, and a major state employer, the University of Washington. During a global climate crisis we want many more people to be able to walk, bike, or bus to the Husky Stadium LINK light rail station. Building much more housing on or near Talaris is a chance to do development right.
  • Lack of permanently affordable and workforce housing in the current Talaris plan means more displacement in places like South Seattle where communities of color don't have the resources to fight with lawyers. Our housing solutions can be fair and just with considerations for geographic equity.
  • Laurelhurst residents have seen their home values--and their net worth--rise by more than $700,000 in the last decade.  Why should Seattle's richest neighborhoods be allowed to reserve spots for only the wealthy? We collectively scratch our heads and ask each other, “It doesn’t have to be this way, does it?”

What do we want?

  • Let’s work together for more welcoming, eco-friendly, sustainable, and equitable cities. Once luxury houses are built at Talaris, we are stuck with them for generations. Seattle will regret it. We urge the City Council to deny permits to Quadrant Homes for the current proposal. Let’s implement an equitable development outreach plan. This city can't afford to let inequitable developments move forward on lots this large without evaluating how more people, more jobs, and more students impact the need for homes in Northeast Seattle. Let’s ensure that more people have access to the natural beauty and historic buildings at Talaris and beyond. The best time to act on an equitable development plan for Talaris was many years ago, but it is not too late to act now.


Who has attended Affordable Talaris events?

  • Affordable Talaris’ meetings have generated interest from the Department of Neighborhoods, Seattle City Council staff, two recent mayoral candidates, and the president of the Laurelhurst Community Council. Other attendees included climate scientists, climate justice activists from 350 Seattle and Sierra Club, tenants’ rights advocates, building professionals, students, and citizen journalists. We have held four public meetings and a well-attended walking tour of the site.


What other sites are you looking at and how do they compare to Fort Lawton?

Check out this comparison of Fort Lawton in Magnolia, Talaris, and the Roosevelt Reservoir sites.


How should people contact you to get involved or attend your next event?

Please read more about us. We invite anyone to attend our meetings and acknowledge that equitable development planning should be led by the people most impacted by housing insecurity. To learn more about Affordable Talaris, please read our values document. Email affordabletalaris@gmail.com or find us on Facebook to get involved. 

We stand in solidarity with efforts throughout Seattle that are led by the people most impacted by housing insecurity and climate injustice. We acknowledge that Seattle is on the stolen land of the Coastal Salish tribes, including the unrecognized Duwamish peoples, as well as the Muckleshoot peoples.


Stay tuned for action alerts. 



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