Paul Schell: He Taught Us How to ‘Grow With Grace’


Paul Schell, the 50th Mayor of Seattle, died on Sunday morning. I was a Neighborhood Development Manager during his administration and had the opportunity to work closely with him on implementing neighborhood plans. I also got to know he and his wife Pam personally as the proprietors of the Inn at Langley their hotel and […]

Why Small Houses Matter


I recently watched an episode of the FYI Network‘s new small-home reality show, Tiny House Nation, a show hosted by renovation experts John Weisbarth and Zack Giffin. Weisbarth and Giffin travel the country helping families design and build tiny homes. The homes can be in the city or the country, mobile or stationary, but they […]

Why We Appealed the Low-Rise Downzone


The legislation put forward by the Department of Planning and Development to “fix” things in Seattle’s low rise zones can only be understood as a downzone. To understand why, it’s important to understand how FAR works. The proposed legislation in response to a request from Councilmember Clark ends up in reducing FAR the low-rise zones, […]