• 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.



Herbold on MIZ: The Bargain Will Only Get Worse

I think there are some people who still think that somehow the Mayor’s Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning (MIZ) can be improved. I think there are even some in the building and development community that believe a compromise on MIZ is possible. Maybe. It depends on the principles held when a person or group walks through the […]


Mayor Murray: Hoping to be Dealt an Ace from a Deck of Jokers

I have for a long time been a critic of the hegemony of angry single-family neighbors over land use and housing policy in the city. In fact, I described single-family neighbors “as angry, entitled, immoral, classist and racist, as zoo animals and as bloodthirsty dinosaurs.” I was also a neighborhood activist and planner myself in […]


Mark Huber: “Building the relationships is just as important as building the homes”

Local builder Mark Huber has been featured in a blog post at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) that highlights his work with communities here and internationally building housing. We’ve featured Huber before in our City Builder series that featured stories about the actual humans that build housing for other humans in Seattle. I […]