• 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.


Keep It Simple: More Housing, More Cash for People Who Need it, and More Jobs!

The Reno News posted an article and video in January that explains why housing prices are high in the Reno-Sparks market. The video explains in less than two minutes the problem: not enough housing is available and wages aren’t keeping up with costs of living. We’ve said this before, pointing out the idea of a guaranteed […]


Correspondence: Reflections on the Revolution in Ballard

Remember writing letters? Well, now we have e-mails, and I am sharing an earnest and relevant e-mail exchange I recently had with a single-family neighbor from Ballard expressing concern about the Mayor’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Committee recommendations and whether his family will stay in the city. It’s no Reflections on the Revolution in France. […]

Tracking HALA: Use Vouchers to Help House People with Criminal Records

We’ve started a tracking program to keep an eye on progress on the 65 recommendations of the Mayor’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Committee. There are a lot of good ideas and good intentions in the document that aren’t being discussed now because so much of the discussion is about the Grand Bargain, just […]