• 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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Part 1. Affordability, Price, and Measuring a “Crisis”

When we talk about housing in Seattle, affordability dominates the conversation. Close behind are parking and design issues that tend to bother neighbors, and after that is the notion that somehow we’ve grown too much, too fast and the quality and character of life in Seattle is changing for the worse. But housing prices, expressed […]

In Defense of MORE Housing: New Book is a Distraction

Over at Forbes I’ve offered a more sustained take on a book that debuted last year called In Defense of Housing. It’s a version of a discussion I had year about a year ago about whether housing should be a right. The truth is it really doesn’t matter. The book spends its pages make the […]

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Collaboration: Minneapolis Knows How, Seattle’s Council Doesn’t Have a Clue

There are a bunch of protections in state law against discriminating against people who are wanting to rent an apartment based on sex, religion, or race. They make sense, and in fact, they ought to be expanded to include sexual orientation. We think those decisions are best made at the state level. Why? Because Seattle […]