Why Washington Progressives Can’t Fix Climate and Housing


I’m going to vote “Yes” on Initiative 732, a proposal to impose a tax on carbon emissions, sale or use of certain fossil fuels, and fossil-fuel-generated electricity. I’ve written and said before that taxation serves three ends, raising revenue for public benefits, encouraging behavior that is beneficial and discouraging behaviors that are detrimental, and redistributing money (call it the Valdez […]

Murray Starts Reelection Campaign by Disappearing Most Developers


I wasn’t there, but Josh Feit at Publicola has a good run down of Mayor Ed Murray’s kickoff party for his reelection effort in 2017. Yes, it’s true, we have another election coming up. I have to take a minute to point out how this Mayor operates and why he needs to make serious changes to […]

Visualization: Microhousing in the United States

In an recent article, RCLCO (formerly Robert Charles Lesser & Co.), presented an interesting visualization of microhousing in the United States, “Is Smaller Getting Bigger? Visualizing Micro Units Across the United States.” While it is interesting to put our own microhousing question in national perspective there a couple of really important notes before going all […]