• 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.



The Problem With the Term “Displacement”

I have a post up at Forbes that lays out and refines a bit my concerns about the term, “Displacement.” Unless and until there is a quantitative definition and measurement of displacement we ought to stop using the term. Compassion? Absolutely. Many people in our local economy are suffering. In fact, tonight, thousands of people […]

Chaotic Council Meeting Includes Low Key Passage of Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning

Members of the Seattle City Council sat motionless for about two hours yesterday while they were bombarded by an overflow crowd demanding that the City not build a new $160 million dollar precinct building in north Seattle. After completely losing control of the meeting on more than one occasion, Council President Bruce Harrell shut the […]

Wendtland Comments on MIZ

More MIZ: SEPA Problems and a Rift Between City Staff and HALA Co-Chairs

When legislation is about to pass things can get interesting. As I pointed out in a previous posts more problems have emerged with legislation being considered today by the Council to pass the Framework for the Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning (MIZ) program. The issue is whether SEPA has been done properly or whether the City is […]