How we build our communities is key to a sustainable future. Dense, walkable neighborhoods, people-centered planning, and multimodal transit networks mean that Cascadians can spend less time commuting in their cars and contributing to carbon pollution. It means that we preserve our natural places rather than sprawl into them. And it means that our communities are vibrant, diverse centers of culture for all kinds of people and families, across income levels.

But cities and towns across the Northwest are experiencing some of North America’s fastest growth, bringing with it an unprecedented housing crunch and challenging our ability to grow sufficiently and equitably into the future. Sightline research delves into the key roadblocks to progress on this issue and recommends smart solutions for a thriving, growing Cascadia.

Series in Housing & Urbanism

  • Legalizing Inexpensive Housing

    How updating a few musty housing laws can promote the smart, affordable housing options we need across fast-growing Northwest towns and cities.
  • Family-Friendly Cities

    If kids are the "indicator species" of healthy cities, then planning our towns with families in mind—from housing to street safety and more—would serve all urban residents well.
  • Parking? Lots!

    How obscure parking rules have misshaped our communities and opportunities for better options.

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