If KUOW isn’t part of your morning diet, you may be unfamiliar with a series called Region of Boom which has been investigating issues related to our city’s explosive growth. This month, Region of Boom will air a series of pieces exploring the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) about which so much has been written here on Wallyhood. (So much, in fact, that the site has apparently auto-organized an archive just for HALA stories.) This simple fact would not, ordinarily, be reason to write a post, but this Region of Boom HALA series will examine how HALA might work and is being received in Yesler Terrace, the Central District and our neighborhood.
If you have been following the HALA debate, you know that the HALA committee proposed several dozen strategies for improving affordability, but, according to the Region of Boom HALA website, the series will focus on just four:
- Build lots of housing.
- Bring poor and middle income people into wealthy neighborhoods [that’s essentially what would happen in Wallingford, the related audio says].
- Bring middle income people into traditionally poor neighborhoods.
- Help strengthen the communities that are already in those places.
And the website says this:
The neighborhood of Wallingford especially can be seen as a battleground between homeowners and renters, or wealthy homeowners trying to keep out normal folks. But, according to one Wallingford homeowner McNichols [KUOW’s Region of Boom reporter] interviewed, that idea is “bull#$%^.”
There’s no listing of when these pieces will air, but there is already some interesting audio available on their website, and I suspect the remaining segments will appear there, as well.