commented on The Most Interesting Things from Thursday's Housing Forum at City Hall
" First, he mentioned that data shows that mixed-income neighborhoods are good for everyone—both the higher- and lower-income people who live in them. Which is an important reminder for people who keep arguing that the only solution is to just have developers keep building whatever and wherever they want, without much restriction, and let the market take care of it"
This isn't a reminder, it's a non sequitur. The people proposing policies that will (eventually) kick out the poor and middle classes are the NIMBYs, not people fighting against height restrictions and minimum parking requirements.
commented on Is This the Most Important Blog Post You'll Ever Read About Seattle's Skyrocketing Rent?
We've seen this cycle many times in San Francisco and New York City and it's happening in Seattle:
1. Make it hard for developers to build new housing
2. Prices go up due to supply not meeting demand
3. People complain that rents are going up
If you want lower rents you have to build more housing. This is really easy stuff. Height restrictions, restrictive zoning and parking requirements are responsible for most of the problem. Focusing on specific rents in downtown Seattle doesn't make sense because if all the upper middle class and rich people move there *other housing is freed up*.
commented on Density Is Bad Because Skyscrapers!
@10 Hong Kong ran out of space and people don't want to move to the mainland for political reasons, San Francisco is basically the poster boy for making it hard to build new units and NYC's density isn't something that it can replicate with it's current regulatory environment (which is why Brooklyn looks like Brooklyn and not more like Manhattan).
Another really good example of what preventing density from happening organically looks like is DC. We're not talking about making everything look like Tokyo, we're talking about making cities function the way they do throughout most of the developed world. Paris is tremendously dense but doesn't look it. So is Munich. Our choices are the outliers here.
commented on Megan Seling on New Year's Resolutions: You Wouldn't Use a Birth-Control Method That Failed This Often, Would You?
I'm a big fan of "Don't Break the Chain", but I don't keep track of the number of days I've kept the chain going. The latter always felt like keeping track of the number of steps you take while running.
"How about deciding we’re just fine the way we are, and accepting and loving the things that make us different from other people? We just made it through another year, isn’t that enough? Let’s celebrate that, not criticize ourselves!"
If your goal in life isn't to achieve your goals, that's entirely fine. Otherwise pretty much anything that you get in life that isn't handed to you comes from hard work over months and years. Thinking that you're a person that should improve in some way isn't usually depression, it's honesty.