• 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.


Neighborhood Gothic

A Real Grand Bargain: Leave Single-Family Alone!

Let’s face it, zoning is obsolete; it’s a 20th century solution to a 19th century problem, the encroachment of intense and messy uses of land next to less intense uses of land. In the last century, almost a 100 years ago, toxic industrial uses and people shared the same block. Zoning was initially a kind […]


Folkenomics: The Mything Middle

A recent editorial I came across, “Election Season Reveals Rampant Economic Illiteracy Among Voters,” bemoans what I’ve been noticing for years: a deep and wide ignorance and rejection of basic economic principles among the American public and more specifically, voters. The article fails to put together a very good argument, instead it points to relevant […]

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Sonja Trauss on MIZ: What’s Actually Going to Happen

Last Thursday one of my heros, Sonja Trauss, was in town because I invited her to speak at the Seattle Builders Council dinner. We all had a good time. And Trauss did not disappoint with her presentation, challenging the audience to talk differently about housing, and profit, and how we need more housing to solve […]