Priced Out

Priced Out: The struggle for an affordable Seattle

March 31, 2015

The success of the new Seattle Times LiveWire event series continued with “Priced out: The struggle for an affordable Seattle,” a provocative forum on the intersection of wages, policy and housing costs, and making it – or not – in the greater Seattle area. Local and national leaders discussed affordability challenges and solutions for our region, where job growth is outpacing much of the nation, yet income disparity is greater than ever before.



Skylar Olsen  

Senior economist at Zillow, Olsen has researched and spoken on topics such as “Millennials, Rents and Mortgages: Challenges for the Future” and “A House Divided – How Race Colors the Path to Home Ownership.”


David Rolf  

President of Service Employees International Union 775, Rolf has been called “the most successful union organizer of the last 15 years” by The American Prospect. He was a key leader in the recent historic $15 wage campaigns in SeaTac and Seattle.


Jake McKinstry  

McKinstry is a principal at Spectrum Development Solutions, a for-profit real estate firm that develops a variety of housing types, including student housing, market rate and workforce housing. The firm focuses primarily on urban, mixed-use, and transit-oriented projects that enhance the community fabric.


Nela Richardson  

Before joining Redfin as chief economist, Richardson worked on financial policy and policy analysis with Bloomberg Government and Bloomberg TV. She brings insights on wage stagnation and the economic conditions affecting middle and working class Americans.

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    The Seattle Times LiveWire is an event series that features meaningful discussions about vital issues impacting our region and its people. The events bring together local and national experts for provocative conversations on key topics moderated by a Seattle Times journalist.
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