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Demand for homes near transit faces hurdles

A citizen initiative aimed at Washington cities could soon be required to block off zones near public transit for multifamily housing, if new regulations are approved by the Legislature.

Some regulation is necessary, backers say, if cities want to provide affordable housing and make it easy for people to get to work.

"I ran for office because of the enormous challenges that people of my generation, people in their 30s and 40s, face in finding a home in this state," Rep. Julia Reed, D-Seattle, said.

As Reed spoke, city planners and real estate representatives in the audience grimaced and wh...

 

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