• Councilmember Johnson: Should We Be Optimistic or Pessimistic About Neighborhoods

    Last week I did a presentation and moderated a panel with new City Councilmember Rob Johnson. The slides I used to set up the panel are above. Basically I told a story about how politics and the need for a victim (renters), a villain (builders and developers), and a hero (politicians) has over shaped and […]

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New Ideas for a Growing City

Seattle is a growing and changing city with new people and families arriving every day. People fall in love with our city and want to make it their home. We need new ideas and a fresh approach to creating a wide range of housing choices for new people and families that want to join us in our beautiful corner of the world. Thank you for visiting our site and we hope you’ll join our efforts.



Correspondence: Reflections on the Revolution in Ballard

Remember writing letters? Well, now we have e-mails, and I am sharing an earnest and relevant e-mail exchange I recently had with a single-family neighbor from Ballard expressing concern about the Mayor’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Committee recommendations and whether his family will stay in the city. It’s no Reflections on the Revolution in France. […]

Tracking HALA: Use Vouchers to Help House People with Criminal Records

We’ve started a tracking program to keep an eye on progress on the 65 recommendations of the Mayor’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Committee. There are a lot of good ideas and good intentions in the document that aren’t being discussed now because so much of the discussion is about the Grand Bargain, just […]

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Stop! That Car Might Be Someone’s Home: Please Amend Scofflaw Ordinance

I just sent this e-mail at the request of Bill Kirlin-Hackett. This is a problem I have seen in my own neighborhood and I think needs to be addressed. I don’t think it is a huge problem, and I think a small investment of time and money would just about solve it. You should send […]