Clark Talks: County losing starter homes

Podcast looks ahead at Legislature wrapup

By Katie Gillespie, Columbian Education Reporter

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After a brief hiatus, The Columbian’s Clark Talks podcast returns today with more guests and deeper discussion of local events.

Hosts Dameon Pesanti and Katie Gillespie talk housing with developer Jack Harroun and real estate agent Dimitry Manzhura about the disappearance of the starter home in Clark County and the role fees and zoning have on construction costs.

Then, state and city politics reporter Lauren Dake bids farewell as she prepares for a job transition. On her way out, Dake gives a primer on what’s left for the Washington state Legislature as it heads into its third special session, as well as the summer ahead for the Vancouver City Council.

Then, events guru Ashley Swanson talks about what to expect at the popular Recycled Arts Festival this weekend at Esther Short Park and next weekend’s Clark County Saddle Club Rodeo. The three also look ahead to Fourth of July festivities, when fireworks will abound across the county — even if Vancouver city residents can’t shoot their own off from their driveway.

You can find the show on Soundcloud or subscribe for free downloads on iTunes or Stitcher. Contact Pesanti and Gillespie about the podcast at podcast@columbian.com.