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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.


NIMBYs: The Koch Brothers of Land Use

When I first met with Mike O’Brien and his lead staff person on land use, Esther Handy, she told me, “I’m here to look out for the little guy when the market can’t.” I think Councilmember O’Brien and Handy are sincere in their desire to accomplish advances toward the goals of social equity and justice. We […]

Microhousing Council Briefing on Friday

On Friday afternoon the Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability (PLUS) Committee had another look at recommendations from the Department of Planning and Development on microhousing. Here is what DPD is proposing: Define “micro-housing unit” and “micro” under Residential Use within the Land Use Code. Prohibit micro-housing developments in single-family zones. Apply a design review threshold […]

Design Review: Stealing From the Future

As I have already pointed out, the Department of Planning and Development has proposed design review for new microhousing projects as a way to assuage anger and fear of a band of neighbors opposed to the product.  But why, in a city where it is liturgical for politicians to state their commitment to ‘affordable housing,’ […]