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 […]

Microhousing: A little empirical data and some perspective

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David Neiman has been a guest writer here and a voice of sanity on small-lot legislation and microhousing. Neiman is no bomb thrower, and he has a great reputation at City Hall as a reasonable voice for growth but also for the importance of design. He usually wins me over when I suggest that we should get rid […]

Impact Fees at Today’s PLUS Meeting: Higher Rents, More Sprawl


Along with dealing what will likely be a death blow to microhousing, the City Council’s Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability (PLUS) Committee is considering the idea of “linkage fees;” yet another supply killing, raising intervention in the name of affordability.  If you live in Seattle and pay attention to land-use and housing issues, you may […]