From Oregon: Model Code for DADUs


Eli Spevak who was a co-presenter with me several weeks ago on a panel exploring alternative housing models sent me a great blog post outlining a model code for what we call in Seattle DADUs or Detached Accessory Dwelling Units. This housing option has also been called backyard cottages. As editors of, we’d like […]

Housing Tax: Will “Eliminate . . . Sustainable Features.”

Sloan Ritchie

Local green developer Sloan Ritchie has delivered his verdict on Councilmember Mike O’Brien: It’s a bad idea. In an article in the Puget Sound Business Journal, Ritchie, founder of Cascade Built, talks about a project he just built, the first multifamily passive house in Seattle. Ritchie’s approach to building is articulated at the Cascade Built […]

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 […]