• Councilmember Johnson: Should We Be Optimistic or Pessimistic About Neighborhoods

    Last week I did a presentation and moderated a panel with new City Councilmember Rob Johnson. The slides I used to set up the panel are above. Basically I told a story about how politics and the need for a victim (renters), a villain (builders and developers), and a hero (politicians) has over shaped and […]

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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.



HALA’s Highest Impact Recommendations: Is Anyone Working on Them?

What bedevils the housing conversation in Seattle today is the confusion between the 65 recommendations in the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Committee Mayor Murray convened last year and one of those recommendations and the most problematic, Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning (MIZ) also known as the Grand Bargain. Even last week at a panel discussion a colleague said […]

On the Radio: More Discussion on New Effort at Rent Control

I was on local National Public Radio station KUOW last week pointing out the flaws of the latest efforts to control rent by the City. We put out a statement to the media last week with the Rental Housing Association of Washington explaining why Councilmember Savant’s proposed legislation to limit rent increases sounds like a […]


Urban Forest Symposium: Grow Neighborhoods AND Trees

Yesterday I presented on a panel at the University of Washington’s Urban Forest Symposium. I’ve embedded my graphically challenged power point presentation below. The bad news is that tree issues continue to constrain housing production, which adds to costs, limits supply and therefore boosts overall housing prices. The good news is that we have grown […]