• 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.

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Airbnb: Burgess’ Short-Term Rental Gambit Redistributes Scarcity

To this end, some propose mere welfare measures – while others come forward with grandiose systems of reform which, under the pretense of re-organizing society, are in fact intended to preserve the foundations, and hence the life, of existing society. Frederick Engels, on Bourgeois Socialists The Principles of Communism Seattle is entering a dangerous phase […]

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Doing the Math? Try Again.

Chris Persons at Capitol Hill housing (who I have sparred with before) has a peculiar post called, “Doing the Math on Homelessness and Housing,” which needs a rewrite I think. I only point it out because the headline claims to “do the math,” and Persons math appears to be wrong and misleading. Let’s take it […]

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TIFsplainer: Can We Use TIF to Build Housing on City Owned Land?

This post was written very quickly and mostly from memory. If you google my name and Tax Increment Financing, you’ll find a ton of stuff about many different aspects of this. But I wanted to get this all out even with some imperfections to get the conversation going. I’d suggest that along side this post […]