Grand Bargain: This Isn’t Going to be Easy

I was on the Seattle Channel last week with Councilmember Mike O’Brien, Eastlake resident and micrhousing opponent Linda Alexander, and affordable housing developer and Grand Bargain signer Bill Rumpf. If you watch this whole show you’ll notice that the Grand Bargain is a lot more complicated than the group Seattle For Everyone (a group organized […]

‘Equity’ is a Cover for Redistributing Wealth to Single-Family Home Owners

Equity Teles

The housing discussion in Seattle is  so rife with jingoism and rhetorical sawdust that trying to figure out what the housing problem ( if there is a problem at all) might be and how best to solve it is exceedingly difficult. Phrases like “social justice” and “equity” are frequently thrown about and it is impossible to tell […]

Not EVERYONE Agrees Grand Bargain is a Bargain

I find myself heading down to City Hall often these days to throw shade on various proposals about housing hatched by well meaning people at City Hall usually backed with dubious data and economics. Yesterday was no different. The Council passed resolutions putting them on a course to force builders to take more square footage […]