Category Archives: 4. I don’t understand

Things I don’t understand and need to learn more about.

Jonah Swallows the Whale: The Housing Supply and Demand Debate Continues

Darrow: But do you believe He made them–that He made such a fish and that it was big enough to swallow Jonah? Bryan: Yes, sir. Let me add: One miracle is just as easy to believe as another. Darrow: Just … Continue reading

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Land Use and Dance: Make Me Feel Weird

Two things happened yesterday that point where we can go as a city when it comes to growth. The first, in the middle of the day, was a public scourging of a housing type, small, affordable apartments. Erica Barnett wrote … Continue reading

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Is There an Apodment Moratorium in the Works?

The rumors are flying: The Seattle City Council is preparing to consider legislation that would shut down, or at least hinder, more development of apodments,* the small affordable apartment dwellings that have been popping up in town. The arguments against … Continue reading

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Bismarck to Burgess: Do Affordable Units Mean Fairness, Equity, and Public Benefit?

The basis of social policy is to ensure the welfare and health of a population, specifically the population of a political unit like a country, state, or city. Housing and shelter are commonly accepted as important elements of basic welfare … Continue reading

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NIMBYism Distillate: What We Get When Council Coddles Growth Opponents

Here we have what someone has called NIMBYism Distillate: Distillate is defined as “a purified form; an essence.” Yes, I think that’s the right word. I need to learn more about the project referenced by this poster, but I already … Continue reading

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Real Incentive Zoning: Extend the Living Building Program!

Simply put, an incentive zoning program would give developers a chance to increase return on their investment and reduce costs in exchange for providing some public benefit the City is unable or unwilling to provide. The City’s Living Building Program … Continue reading

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Land Use and Censorship: It’s Time to Speak Up

It is actually harder to nail down a good definition of censorship that one might think. Since the word is so loaded, it means different things to different people. I won’t bother to go through all the different senses of … Continue reading

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