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How Microsoft used US$500mil to shape the tech housing debate


Microsoft has tried to position itself as tech’s responsible corporate citizen, publicising its work on everything from data privacy to the ethics of artificial intelligence. — Reuters

Microsoft has tried to position itself as tech’s responsible corporate citizen, publicising its work on everything from data privacy to the ethics of artificial intelligence. — Reuters

Microsoft Corp made a big splash last month when it announced a US$500mil (RM2.03bil) initiative to tackle Seattle’s growing housing crisis. Less noticed was a detail that’ll be critical to making it work: Nine of the city’s largest suburbs agreed to join the effort. 

While Microsoft’s money will go toward constructing and preserving homes for lower- and middle-income residents, suburban mayors committed to pro-growth plans such as increasing density around transit stops, reducing parking requirements and speeding up permitting. 

   

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