Grand Bargain: Neighborhoods Are Figuring It Out


When the Grand Bargain was first announced I actually embraced it –well, sort of. My rationale was that the cash and exactions squeezed from builders could be offset by the additional housing capacity; also I thought, maybe, neighborhoods outrage at upzones would be effectively neutralized by the fact that the upzones would come with rent restricted housing. […]

Reading List: What to Read About Housing, Economics, and Planning

Reading List

The other day on Facebook someone asked what books I would recommend in the fields of housing, economics, and urban planning. I came up with a quick answer that I decided to turn into a blog post. I picked one book in each category, except for economics where I picked two. This is edited from […]

Seattle Magazine on Tower Spacing: Rich People’s Views or More Housing?


I’ve already written about Councilmember Sally Bagshaw’s self serving efforts to squash more housing construction downtown with a tower spacing scheme. Now Seattle Magazine has an article about the fight brewing downtown about allowing more height and lot coverage. The problem with Bagshaw’s efforts, along from being a weird conflict of interest and possibly limiting housing […]