From the Archives: The Economic, Political, and Moral Dimensions of Density

La Push

A few years back, in 2012, I spent some time at the beach at La Push where you can find the huge drift wood tree that is the featured image above. I spent some time trying to collect my thoughts on why this whole effort around housing mattered so much to me. Why was I […]

Seattle Times: Dumb Growth Seattle?

Amazon Yuppification

At the Seattle Times yesterday columnist Jon Talton posted a very simple poll question. Is Seattle growing too fast, dumb, or just right? I answered “Just right” almost reflexively because I know that there is a lot behind the ideas of growth being “too fast” or “too dumb.” Obviously, we’re growth champions. But when I […]

Yobi Apartments: What Microhousing Could Have Been

It’s been almost a year since the Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability (PLUS) Committee under the leadership of Councilmember Mike O’Brien outlawed microhousing in Seattle. I can still remember Councilmember Burgess chiding the audience that the legislation passed would have no effect on the production of microhousing, even as a letter was arriving from the […]