Can Tiny Houses Help Solve Homelessness?

Another of my fellow panelists at last week’s Housing Land Advocates Conference in Portland was the Reverend Dan Bryant of First Christian Church in Eugene, Oregon. Bryant is the President of the board of directors of Opportunity Village Eugene or OVE. OVE is a village of very small houses organized as a community and built […]

DPD: We Didn’t Reduce Housing Capacity, but the Reduction Was Minor


Last week Smart Growth Seattle had it’s day in court with the City’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD). Well, it wasn’t court exactly, but the Hearing Examiner. The City had tried to throw our appeal of DPD’s and Councilmember Clark’s significant reduction of housing capacity in the city’s low-rise zones (Councilmember Clark continues to […]

Can We Legislate Good Design?


Can we legislate good design? Short answer: you can’t. One of the greatest concerns of neighborhood groups and anti-development activists has to do not just with the fact that greater density is arriving within their locale, but rather with the design of these new additions to their street. Such materials as panel board and exposed structural concrete […]