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New Ideas for a Growing City

Seattle is a growing and changing city with new people and families arriving every day. People fall in love with our city and want to make it their home. We need new ideas and a fresh approach to creating a wide range of housing choices for new people and families that want to join us in our beautiful corner of the world. Thank you for visiting our site and we hope you’ll join our efforts.



How to HALA? Bring Back the Neighborhood Development Managers!

I wrote this e-mail to Councilmember Mike O’Brien back in March of 2014. The idea of bringing back the Neighborhood Development Manager (NDM) function has come up again and again in my conversation with neighbors I disagree with. Not just once, but many times. Neighbors are frustrated with what they often see as runaway growth. […]


MIZU: The Same Effect as Rent Control?

One wonders what government would do without acronyms. Perhaps government programs would end up with catchy brand names like pharmaceuticals or cars. The Multifamily Tax Exemption (MFTE) Program might be called simply Multaxa or Exemptor. The Mayor’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Committee has a whole glossary of acronyms at the end of it’s […]

NIMBY Design Review

If Zoning is Racist Let’s Start Acting like It

Much has been written and said about the recommendations of the Mayor’s Housing Affordability and Livability (HALA) Committee. I’m going to write about these comments this week. The first post is this one on race, class, and zoning. The claim has been made that Seattle’s zoning is by its very nature, racist and classest. Efforts […]