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Seattle Mayor's 'Grand Bargain', New SoDo Arena Renderings

Without further ado, we present the latest and greatest real estate news from our sister site, Curbed Seattle.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING -- When the HALA recommendations on affordable housing in Seattle were released, they didn't all strike the right chord with everyone. Eventually, Mayor Ed Murray ended up scrapping the single-family zoning initiative that was a lightning rod for critics of density. The mayor did move forward with two other aspects of the 'grand bargain' on Tuesday, officially outlining his proposal that would require new real estate developments to pay for affordable housing. Curbed has more on exactly what he's proposing.

THE COMMUTE -- According to the 2015 America's Best Drivers Report from Allstate Insurance, Seattle is now 184th out of 200 U.S. cities in terms of avoiding crashing into each other. Your average Seattle driver will only go 6.9 years between accidents and Seattleites are 40.7 percent more likely to get in an accident than the average American. Those Pronto bikes are looking better and better, aren't they?

SODO ARENA -- Chris Hansen's $490 million SoDo arena may or may not get built sometime soon but at least we got to see new renderings of what it could be. One of the features that stands out in the 725,000 sq. ft., 20,000 seat facility include the "living machine" that would reuse waste water for the toilets and landscape irrigation, amongst other things. There's also a pedestrian and bike bridge. Curbed has all the renderings.

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