Seattle’s mayor had a plan to do away with single-family homes

Did you know that single-family homes are a root cause of America’s racial and economic inequality?

That’s what Seattle’s socialist mayor Ed Murray, a Democrat, thinks.

Murray’s housing task force, the 28-member Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Advisory Committee, drafted a plan to do away with the city’s single-family zoning in the name of liberals’ favorite cause, “social justice.”

A reporter for Seattle Times obtained a copy of the draft.

Seattle mayor Ed Murray and housing advisory committee

Danny Westneat reports for Seattle Times, July 7, 2015:

I got my hands on the draft policy ideas that Mayor Ed Murray’s advisory committee on housing is working on. And they are some of the most sweeping changes in the way Seattle lives and grows ever proposed around here.

Most dramatically, the committee is considering a recommendation to do away with single-family zoning….

We can still be a city for everyone, but only if we give up our outdated ideal of every family living in their own home on a 5,000 square foot lot,” a draft letter from the committee co-chairs reads.

The draft report notes that “Seattle (single-family) zoning has roots in racial and class exclusion and remains among the largest obstacles to realizing the city’s goals for equity and affordability.”

The committee of citizen volunteers voted 19-3 to recommend replacing single-family zoning with a “lower density residential zone” that would allow duplexes, triplexes, rooming houses and more backyard cottages and mother-in-law units in areas now dominated by single houses on lots with a yard. It’s unclear how much of the city this would include.

Later, the committee co-chairs issued a statement saying the group “has no intention of recommending the elimination of all single family zones in the city.” But the draft report suggests the committee was considering exactly that.

“In fact, (the committee) recommends we abandon the term ‘single family zone,’ ” the draft reads.

An overview letter calls for higher density essentially everywhere in the city.

“More 6-story buildings where there were 4 stories before, more 7-story buildings where there were 6-stories before, and more multifamily housing of all types in areas currently zoned for less density inside (neighborhoods designated as) Urban Villages,” the letter says.

The draft says the changes are necessary because “we are currently confronted by the reality of more dollars chasing a limited supply of housing than ever before in our history.”

Reacting to Seattle Times‘ report on the draft, Faith Li Pettis and David Wertheimer, the co-chairs of the HALA, wrote this email to the reporter, Danny Westneat :

“My co-chair and I are very disappointed that you and The Seattle Times have chosen to undermine the efforts of the HALA, a citizen advisory group, by prematurely releasing an unapproved draft of our report.”

The committee had a July 13 deadline to submit its final report. The scheduled meeting of the advisory committee that day was not open to the public. But then communist party meetings are never open to the public. /sarc

In the end, thanks to Seattle Times‘ article, Ed Murray’s housing advisory committee backed away from its proposal to do away with single-family zoning. Instead, the committee recommends a code change that permits “smaller, efficient dwellings to be built on existing Single Family lots if an owner chooses to do so.” Read more here.

For the HALA advisory committee’s final report, click here. For the names and identities of the committee’s 28 members, click here.

Wikipedia says mayor Ed Murray, 60, is a Democrat, Irish Catholic, “gay,” with a spouse named Michael Shiosaki.


In typical liberal “Do as I say, not as I do” fashion, mayor Ed Murray and a co-chair of the housing advisory committee both live in upscale single-family homes. I found their addresses by using a people search engine, then looked up their homes on Zillow.

Zillow describes the home of Ed Murray and “husband” Michael Shiosaki, estimated at $784,452, as a 1920 square-foot single-family home with 3 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms. Here’s what it looks like:

Ed Murray's home in Seattle

Zillow describes Faith Li Pettis’ home, estimated at $1,791,947, as a 3920 square-foot single-family home, with 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Pettis is an attorney and partner of Pacific Law Group. Here’s a pic:

Faith Pettis' home in Seattle

The committee’s other co-chair, David Wertheimer, who works in the “philanthropic sector,” lives in a 3bd/2.5 bath loft condo in Seattle’s exclusive, quiet Capitol Hill area. Zillow estimates the condo to be $588,550 and describes it as having a 2-car garage with outdoor patio and entertainment space.



28 responses to “Seattle’s mayor had a plan to do away with single-family homes

  1. Have a hunch liberals and their Agenda 21 brethren caught this bug from China’s “Townification” push by way of Democrats’ Chicom “Market Leninism” fanboys in the current leftist policy crowd; unfortunately, the real estate bubble that hit us earlier is still building for China due to gov’t support (see their recent stock market problems) and probably about to bust bigtime… proving this crud misguided (as if the failed Pruitt-Igoe, etc. housing projects and gigantic Stalinist apartment blocks hadn’t showed you can’t warehouse people constructively already).
    “What Will Become of China’s Ghost Cities,” by Kenneth Rapoza, Forbes, 20 Jul 2015

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  2. I wonder if the committee consulted with building officials, fire code officials and fair housing/ADA on limitations for adding density in older neighborhoods?

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  3. People with the mentality of this mayor somehow think they’ve been appointed custodian of us all. They must feel their election has given them the mental clarity to know better than the lowly citizens what’s best for them. That view point is highly narcissistic in its nature and morally evil and wrong. The utopia these fools think they are building is a figment of their twisted communist minds. Committing this mayor for psychological screening and permanent removal from his post would be the biggest favor that could be done for the people of that city.

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  4. He is following the plan for gradually implementing Agenda 21.

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  5. So we are going to end racism with everyone living in the same size tenement slums? What a very “progressive” idea. Thank you for helping expose this scary trend.

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    • Equality of poverty and horrible living conditions for everyone…

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      • Except the elites and lawmakers…

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        • The ONLY “right” way to do this is for THEM to “lead by example”. Once the Tenements are being built,I’d be more than happy to driver my truck up there and start moving this idiot idea’s supporters into THEIR new apartments. Then,the City can take their homes via Eminent Domain and sell ’em,to pay for the Attorneys they’ll need to protect themselves from all the ensuing lawsuits.


  6. Oh! That sounds great; I hear that in the tenements in Chicago and New York they have a problem with people urinating on the walls in the hallways. Doesn’t that just sound like the lovely, homey environment you want your family to live in. I wonder if the majority of people in Seattle see that they have a hugh problem on their hands–namely, their major?

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  7. Kevin J Lankford

    I can only wonder if they think they already have an agency that is willing to enforce such nonsense.

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  8. I was in Seattle earlier this year and amazed at the number of high-rise apartment structures built or being built. Seattle is somewhat unique because it is a city where “you can’t get there from here” is a pretty good description of the layout and the highways. For those of use used to midwest cities with grid layouts, Seattle is a nightmare and makes sense to concentrate living quarters vertically. This was done decades ago on Chicago’s south side and has been a resounding success ever since.


  9. Inspired by DCG’s comment, I looked up the homes of mayor Ed Murray and the co-chairs of the housing advisory committee.

    SURPRISE! (not) – Murray and co-chair Faith Pettis both live in upscale single-family homes. Scroll up to my “Update” at end of my post for details & pics!


  10. UN Agenda 21 on steroids in the communist city of Seattle. Reblogged and will tell the folks to please check out the politicians homes…ahem.

    Thanks for this…!!!!!!!!!

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  11. First of all, I would tell this little conclave of communist, You First.
    Thank you for doing the update, that was going to be my first question. Nice job.
    It is true, they are following Agenda 21 to a T. Thus all the wasted money being spent on rail, to get us all in high rise, 400 sq ft. apts, where we can work, live and play, all in one place.
    I saw some articles a couple of years ago, where NY is pushing for the 400 sq ft. apts.
    Does anyone believe these people are going to start living like the ‘little people?’ Of course not.
    Some days I can only sit here and just shake my head, wondering what is happening to our country.
    With Seattle, you have to wonder, is it the contamination in the water there?

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  12. This is the org. giving Agenda 21 it’s teeth in your city:
    ICLEI – the global cities network
    (Brought to you from Bush senior and the folks at the Rio summit in 1992).

    ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is the world’s leading network of over 1,000 cities, towns and metropolises committed​ to building​ a sustainable future.

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  13. How did this Moron get elected? I will stay away from Seattle,to avoid getting infected with the dumb ass disease.


  14. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this magnificent post. What hypocrisy! Amazing!


  15. I’ll accept that the Seatle Council, like most politicians, is culturally Marxist. However, typical American low-density suburban housing is neither conducive to vibrant neigbourhoods, nor is it energetically sustainable, being ever-reliant on cheap oil to fuel multiple cars, which are required for most journeys.

    Compare for example the pedestrian-hostile hell of Los Angeles with top tourist destinations Amsterdam and Venice – or even San Francisco/New York. These cities, and many others in Europe, have 4/5 storey apartment buildings with communal gardens and pools. I think Yanks call then condoms.

    So check out for ideas on how to make urban spaces better and more sustainable.

    I know they are out to get us, and that climate change is a load of hot air, but let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater dear.


    • The key, AJ Liberphile, is free will and free choice.

      You may find European-style cities a more congenial style of urban living, but it’s up to the PEOPLE themselves to construct and choose to live in those “4/5 storey apartment buildings with communal gardens and pools,” instead of a group of arrogant do-as-I-say not-as-I-do elites who use their power over zoning to force other people to live that way.

      Oh, one more thing: Stop calling us “dear.”


    • “typical American low-density suburban housing is neither conducive to vibrant neigbourhoods, nor is it energetically sustainable, being ever-reliant on cheap oil to fuel multiple cars, which are required for most journeys.” Since your IP address is in Spain and you draw some conclusions about needing a car for most journeys in Seattle, I’m guessing you’ve never walked around a few of their neighborhoods: Greenlake, Capitol Hill, Greenwood, U District, etc. If you had, you’d know that many Seattle neighborhoods are quite walkable (includes stores, restaurants, shops, Starbucks, etc.) and that almost 20% of Seattle residents use mass transit as their mode of transportation. And there’s tons of bicyclists there, too. To say Seattle isn’t “energetically sustainable” is an insult to the thousands of environmental liberals that infest that area.

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      • I was referring to North American suburban development in general, albeit on a story about Seattle in particular. Yes, I have indeed come across information that Seattle is located in Canada’s muesli belt.


  16. Oh dear. Yes, these hypocrite millionaire politicians should be forced to leave their small mansions and go live in the housing they are inflicting on others; then there is a good change that said housing would be of good quality.

    And like it or not, urban planning is not an individual activity. There are appropriate functions for government, and outline urban planning is one of them.


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