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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.



Smart Growth Seattle Three Years On: Are We Making Progress?

I wrote a end of year wrap up for the Master Builder Magazine, SGS Three Years On: Are We Making Progress? In considering the positive tone of President Obama’s Housing Development Took Kit I wrote: The good news: our idea that housing production is not, like many are led to believe, a scourge that needs to be reviewed, taxed, and […]


Letter to Senator Fain: The High Cost of Affordable Housing

I’ve been writing a bit more at Forbes this last couple weeks. But I thought I’d spark some interest here too on the same theme I’ve been pushing lately on Forbes, the high costs of affordable housing. I’m not sure it’ll get very far, but I’d like to see the legislature take on this issue […]

Hiding in the Haycocks, painted in 1881 by William Bliss Baker.

Hide and Seek: City’s Consultant Warns Don’t Interpret Residual Land Value “Literally”

The City has stubbornly resisted telling anyone how they intend to implement their version of Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning (MIZ), something they call Mandatory Housing Affordability – Residential (MHA). Some of the furtiveness comes from the fact that City staff are truly making stuff up as they go using guesses and back of the envelope assessments. […]