• 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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“In My Space!:” The Evil of Banality in Seattle

A picture. A thousand words. You know the phrase. And there have been so many pictures lately, especially of signs. I’ve overheard the conversations about “my favorite sign” from the late protest against all things Donald Trump. The convulsion of anxiety and emotion and protest is unlike anything I’ve seen in quite awhile. Usually this kind […]

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Sightline Corroborates Our Points About Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning

I’ve been after the Sightline Institute for a long time now urging it to abandon it’s support for Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning (MIZ). Last year they hired one of the smartest guys in town, Dan Bertolet, who I had worked with before challenging the City’s housing need numbers. Since then I’ve been after Bertolet to finish his […]

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Preservation Tax Exemption: An Efficient and Sensible Way to Preserve Older Housing

Yesterday, in Olympia, I gave some comments to the Senate Human Services, Mental Health & Housing about Senate Bill 5182. The proposal was offered in a previous legislative session but failed to pass. I think this proposal called the “Preservation Tax Exemption,” is a great idea if it’s done correctly. The idea is to expand the […]