• 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.


Every Home Matters

Stop! That Car Might Be Someone’s Home: Please Amend Scofflaw Ordinance

I just sent this e-mail at the request of Bill Kirlin-Hackett. This is a problem I have seen in my own neighborhood and I think needs to be addressed. I don’t think it is a huge problem, and I think a small investment of time and money would just about solve it. You should send […]

Tracking HALA: Ending Homelessness with Social Impact Bonds

We’re starting a project that tracks all 65 recommendations of the Mayor’s Housing Affordabilty and Livabilty Agenda (HALA) Committee. As I’ve mentioned (and been derided for) the HALA document has gone from a pile of wonky idea and policies to a slogan being used to push Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning (MIZ). So far, the only recommendation […]


Here We Go Again: Commercial Rent Control Still On the Table

A proposal for commercial rent control is back! Bad ideas seem to thrive in Seattle. Or I should say, old ideas. Don’t like the price of something? Freeze it in place. Don’t try to understand or address the underlying issues about why prices are going up or even ask, “Are they going up that fast?” […]