Knee Deep in The Big Muddy: Will City Press On with MIZ?

June 20, 2016 Re: Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning Proposal in PLUZ Committee on 6/20/2016 Mayor Murray and Councilmembers, Attached you will find a three page list of process hang ups, rules, regulations, and code language that each add time and cost to the production of housing in Seattle. Each of these is a solvable challenge and […]

Doing the Math? Try Again.

the math

Chris Persons at Capitol Hill housing (who I have sparred with before) has a peculiar post called, “Doing the Math on Homelessness and Housing,” which needs a rewrite I think. I only point it out because the headline claims to “do the math,” and Persons math appears to be wrong and misleading. Let’s take it […]

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 […]