Over a thousand people showed up to the debate on rent control on Monday, demonstrating the thirst for a progressive way out of this housing crisis.
Kshama argued for rent control as a necessary and crucial action to stem the Seattle housing crisis. But rent control alone will not solve the problem. We need to use the city's bonding capacity and the maximum linkage fees on developers to pay for affordable housing and expand tenants' rights to keep renters in their homes.
Missed the debate? You can watch the whole thing below!
If you support rent control, volunteer to re-elect Kshama Sawant, the only candidate in District 3 actively fighting to end the state ban. To win this fight, we need to stand up to corporate cash and the big developers that destroy working-class queer and trans* neighborhoods and communities of color.
— The Stranger (@strangerslog) July 21, 2015
#rentcontrol movement comes out of this with LOT of momentum. Just having the discussion is a public shriek @ the center of a true crisis 12
— Brett Hamil (@BrettHamil) July 21, 2015
The anti RC crowd seems to think poor folks have a lot more choice than they do. #rentcontroldebate — Seattlish (@seattlish) July 21, 2015
Seems to me that main outcome of #rentcontroldebate is to make the policy mainstream and widely popular. If so, awesome.
— Robert Cruickshank (@cruickshank) July 21, 2015