• 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.



A Builder Weighs in On Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning

Rob McVicars is a principal and builder at Build Sound, a firm with the mission “to compose inspired, timeless architecture, and green, sustainable projects. He sent this comment in to the Mayor and Seattle City Council about the Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning (MIZ) scheme being proposed by the Mayor and considered by the Seattle City Council. You can send […]

Knee Deep in The Big Muddy: Will City Press On with MIZ?

June 20, 2016 Re: Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning Proposal in PLUZ Committee on 6/20/2016 Mayor Murray and Councilmembers, Attached you will find a three page list of process hang ups, rules, regulations, and code language that each add time and cost to the production of housing in Seattle. Each of these is a solvable challenge and […]


Lot Suit: City’s Motion to Dismiss Fails, Compares Housing to Porn, Drugs

Often, when the City is challenged in court, they make procedural motions to try and kill the appeal or suit before the merits of the case can be argued. The City made this move when they move to dismiss our appeal of low-rise legislation as the work of “a creature of the internet.” That move failed […]