Why We Talk About Housing Affordability Rather Than Poverty

This weekend I saw the important documentary, “The IF Project” about an effort at both preventing young people from ending up in jail by having prisoners share their stories. The IF Project asks the basic question, “If there was something someone could have said or done that would have changed the path that led you here, […]

HALA’s Highest Impact Recommendations: Is Anyone Working on Them?


What bedevils the housing conversation in Seattle today is the confusion between the 65 recommendations in the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Committee Mayor Murray convened last year and one of those recommendations and the most problematic, Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning (MIZ) also known as the Grand Bargain. Even last week at a panel discussion a colleague said […]

On the Radio: More Discussion on New Effort at Rent Control

I was on local National Public Radio station KUOW last week pointing out the flaws of the latest efforts to control rent by the City. We put out a statement to the media last week with the Rental Housing Association of Washington explaining why Councilmember Savant’s proposed legislation to limit rent increases sounds like a […]