• Guess Who Master Builder: Reducing Costs of Building is in Everyone’s Interest

    In this month’s Master Builder Magazine, I’ve articulated our argument for getting more efficient in the way resources are being used to produce non-profit affordable housing in Washington State. Bringing up this point, that low-income units produced by non-profit organizations are very expensive, makes many people unhappy. They often say, “Your math is wrong,” or, […]

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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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Charts and Graphs: More Taxes Mean Higher Rents

Last week I participated in an interview of a landlord about whether it’s a good idea to have a renter’s commission. Tim Burgess is carrying Councilmember Sawant’s water again and proposing just such a thing, a group of renters empowered with City staff and funding to find more and more well intentioned rules to help […]

Part 3. The Price of Love: Housing, Economics, Politics, Money, and Being Loved

When I was in elementary school I took some pleasure in telling other kids on the playground that Santa Claus didn’t exist. I remember the look on their faces, the fear and disappointment. Then I saw the furrowing brow and anger. They knew Santa was a hoax. But as long as believing in him and colluding […]

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Part 2: How Price Becomes Affordability and People Become Units

  This is a second of what will be three posts about the current state of the debate in housing in Seattle. I may add one more about where things might go and if there is any hope we can rescue the debate and policy direction. And I lied. The third post is going to […]