• 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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The 66th HALA Recommendation: Tax Increment Financing

For so many years, whenever I was in a room or panel and the issue of housing or urban development came up you could be sure that I would make sure Tax Increment Financing (TIF) got into the discussion. It was a predilection that I took with me when I went to work at the […]


The Key Challenge for Backyard Cottages in Seattle is Financing

Josh Kelety at the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog has a comprehensive post about the latest discussions about increasing the number of Detached Accessory Dwelling Units or DADUs also called backyard cottages. As we pointed out before, the main snag for most people interested in building a backyard cottage as housing, is financing. [Valdez] argues that while the […]


Most Promising HALA Recommendation: On-Street Parking Reform

Buried deep in the HALA document are a pair of recommendations that could, if pursued, really effect neighborhoods where new infill development and parking politics collide. By awarding recommendations “OP1 Create a parking benefit district and ‘cap and trade’ demonstration/pilot program“ and “OP2 Explore revising the Restricted Parking Zone (RPZ) program” as the most promising […]