• 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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More Housing, Not Zoning

Correction: We Need More Housing, Not More Zoning

That headline is pretty loaded. What does it mean? Don’t we want more zoning capacity in order to build more housing? Over the last week or so in conversations with different people about housing and zoning and mandates being pushed by the Mayor, I realized that there has been confusion created among people in the housing and […]

City Inside/Out: Mayor Murray Follows Sawant in Regulatory Overreach

I was on a panel last week on the Seattle Channel’s City Inside/Out, perhaps the best public affairs show in the region, to talk about the latest scheme hatched at City Hall to regulate housing. It isn’t much of a surprise that the proposed legislation to impose what amounts to a form of rent control […]

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A Real Grand Bargain: Leave Single-Family Alone!

Let’s face it, zoning is obsolete; it’s a 20th century solution to a 19th century problem, the encroachment of intense and messy uses of land next to less intense uses of land. In the last century, almost a 100 years ago, toxic industrial uses and people shared the same block. Zoning was initially a kind […]