“Beauty Has a Price:” Design as a Weapon Against Growth


Drew Atkins has a great article over at Crosscut headlined, “NIMBYs are wrong on housing, says math.” The opening paragraph is perfect for memorial day: When it comes to the merits of desecrating graveyards, you’d likely find champions among some housing density zealots. “Sure, it’s disrespectful to build micro-apartments on top of the dead,” they […]

Why We Talk About Housing Affordability Rather Than Poverty

This weekend I saw the important documentary, “The IF Project” about an effort at both preventing young people from ending up in jail by having prisoners share their stories. The IF Project asks the basic question, “If there was something someone could have said or done that would have changed the path that led you here, […]

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 […]