A Real Grand Bargain: Leave Single-Family Alone!

Neighborhood Gothic

Let’s face it, zoning is obsolete; it’s a 20th century solution to a 19th century problem, the encroachment of intense and messy uses of land next to less intense uses of land. In the last century, almost a 100 years ago, toxic industrial uses and people shared the same block. Zoning was initially a kind […]

Reflections on Opening Day: Light Rail is People

Light Rail is People

In both transportation and land use it is easy to lose sight of one basic fact: what matters most it isn’t the bricks, the tracks, the design, the routes, the heights but people. At this last weekends opening of the latest link in Sound Transit’s Link Light Rail, there was lots of talk about the […]

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden: A Meeting With Some Seattle Neighbors

If you’ve been paying attention, even a little bit of attention, you’ll know I don’t have much patience for most arguments made by neighbors about growth and new housing. In fact, I usually consider their arguments red herrings, mostly bluff and bluster about whatever they can come up with to create doubt, throw up process barriers and […]