• 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.



Urban Forest Symposium: Grow Neighborhoods AND Trees

Yesterday I presented on a panel at the University of Washington’s Urban Forest Symposium. I’ve embedded my graphically challenged power point presentation below. The bad news is that tree issues continue to constrain housing production, which adds to costs, limits supply and therefore boosts overall housing prices. The good news is that we have grown […]

Less Housing Herbold

U District Upzones: Herbold’s Modest Proposal

I stopped by a meeting organized by the Displacement Coalition last night about the proposed changes in zoning to the University District. The meeting was what we call in the business a “Twist and Shout Meeting,” a gathering to vent and blow off steam about a civic issues. Nothing is decided and the City isn’t […]

RHA SGS Statement

Statement on New Rent Restriction Legislation

New legislation will be proposed this week on controlling when landlords can raise rents. This is a joint statement prepared by Smart Growth Seattle and the Rental Housing Association of Washington.  At a time when there is deep concern about housing prices in Seattle, the City Council and Mayor should use every available existing tool […]