An estimated 9,500 buildings in the Seattle region are vacant, according to the National Association of Realtors.
The numbers have risen dramatically since 2011, when the city began requiring developers to fill the vacant buildings.
The number of vacant buildings in downtown Seattle has increased by nearly 100 percent since the mid-2000s, according the association’s survey.
Some of the city’s buildings have been vacant for decades.
A recent report from the Seattle City Council found that one-quarter of Seattle’s buildings were in need of replacement, and the city is now responsible for replacing at least one-third of its buildings.
For decades, the city has struggled to meet building codes, even though the city was built on the river and had a waterfront.
The city also faced financial pressures.
The last time Seattle had such a large housing shortage was during World War II, when it had an average of about 30,000 people per year, according Topple.
But the city had an even larger housing shortage during the 1960s, when more than 5,000 housing units were built each year.
When the building boom began in the early 1970s, the number of homes in the city grew rapidly.
Toppl said many of those buildings have since been converted into apartments or condominiums, and there are many vacant buildings downtown.
A city survey in the 1970s found that 1,800 of Seattle ‘s 1,000 or so historic buildings were vacant.
In a survey done in 2016, the Washington State Historic Preservation Office said there were about 1,300 buildings in city limits with less than one year of construction on them.
About 4,000 buildings have gone vacant since 2010.
A spokeswoman for the Historic Preservation Commission said that there are fewer vacant buildings because of stricter building codes and better management of buildings, but she said the city doesn’t track how many vacant homes it has.
In some areas, the housing shortage has led to more affordable housing developments, like the Pioneer Village complex in the downtown neighborhood.
But it’s not all bad news.
Many of the properties on the site are owned by the city, which helps stabilize the prices.
And the city often gets money from the developers.
The Washington State Economic Development Corp. has funded more than $100 million in affordable housing projects for the area, according a spokeswoman for WSDDC.
Seattle has one of the highest median incomes in the nation.
But many of the neighborhoods that are home to the most affordable housing are located along the river, so the lack of affordable housing can be a challenge for some families.
“If you have a couple, who have a high-end income, you can’t afford to move into one of these neighborhoods,” Toppler said.
A more affordable solution: affordable homes The city is planning to spend $6.5 million to add about 800 more affordable units to the area’s existing homes, a spokeswoman said.
Topps said the goal is to bring up to 30 percent of the units that are currently vacant into affordable housing.
Topping out the plan is to increase the number to 50 percent.
The goal is also to expand the number so that it’s no longer a one-to-one ratio of new units to existing units, Toppls said.
But if the goal was just to create a single, affordable housing development for everyone, there wouldn’t be enough affordable housing in the area to meet demand.
The area has more than 500,000 residents and more than 1 million people who are employed or looking for work, according WSDCD.
That is roughly the same population density as the city.
Toppers said that the plan would be good for Seattle if it had a strong workforce that could afford to live in the neighborhood.
The development of affordable homes in downtown areas is a good thing for the city and the region, Topps says.
He said the area should be the next step in the recovery process.
“It’s important that the city takes this seriously,” he said.
“The city has a great future.”