• 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.



Freedom and The Knowledge of People “On the Spot.”

This weekend, the Fourth of July, we celebrate the promulgation of a document in 1776, the Declaration of Indipendence, that seemed to explain not just the grievances of some angry farmers clinging to the eastern edge of an unexplored but already inhabited continent, but a clarion statement of human freedom. But a far more useful […]


Let’s Make a Deal? What if the City Wanted to Negotiate on MIZ?

What if the City decides to listen to us and invites us to talk about the Mayor’s proposed Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning (MIZ) proposal? What principles should we take if we’re asked to negotiate or compromise on the proposal? How do we ensure that whatever emerges from the political process doesn’t do long lasting damage to […]

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Another Fable About Knowledge, Supply, and Demand

A long time ago there was an island Kingdom called Elltaes. There were many wonderful things about the Kingdom. It was beautiful and had many natural resources. The people, on the surface, were warm and welcoming. And the Kingdom had so many wonderful things about that many people wanted to move there from other more […]