If you’re a supporter of more housing—specifically more affordable housing—perhaps the “YIMBY” movement is for you. A “yes in my backyard” group in San Francisco is encouraging urbanists in Seattle to bring together pro-growth people, emphasizing the fact that people who need cheaper housing should work together with developers.

With development in mind, we could all take a pointer from Jane Jacobs, the author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities.  She says one of the most important questions a planner can ask is: “Will the city be any fun?”


“Women and people of color represent the New American Majority, yet white men make up the majority of our political leaders. This imbalance of power is the result of the structural barriers that exclude women and people of color from running for and winning elected office.” Hear, hear! So… what do we do about this? The Reflective Democracy Campaign is hard at work on this. To learn more and get engaged, don’t miss their regional strategy session Monday, May 16 (10 AM – 12 PM), at the Impact Hub in Seattle. Reflective Democracy Campaign Director Brenda Choresi Carter and Women Donors Network VP Jenifer Fernandez Ancona will lead up the event with a look at the campaign’s research and what new approaches we can look to in order for women and people of color to grow in power and representation in our government. Learn more at WhoLeads.Us and RSVP to the event here.

“We’re going to lose all our heritage, all our culture. It’s all going to be history.” That was Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Chief Albert Naquin, mourning the loss of his community’s ancestral land to rising seas in coastal Louisiana. The New York Times took an intimate look at what it called (mistakenly, in my opinion, but oh well) the nation’s “first climate refugees.”