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.

Dan Bertolet, director of housing and urbanism, is passionate about creating cities that welcome people of all incomes and tread lightly on the planet. Follow him on Twitter at @danbertolet.
Michael Andersen, senior housing researcher and transportation lead, has been writing about ways better municipal policy can help break poverty cycles. Follow him on Twitter at @andersem.
Nakeshia Diop, research assistant from the Alaska Fellows Program, works on democracy and housing issues in Anchorage.
Catie Gould, researcher, brings a decade of experience in engineering and data analysis to decarbonize our transportation system. Follow her at @Citizen_Cate.
Jeannette Lee, senior researcher and Alaska lead, focuses on democracy and housing issues from Sightline’s office in Anchorage, Alaska. Follow her on Twitter, @JLee907.
Kate Macfarlane, housing and urbanism researcher, supports Sightline’s work on housing and urbanism. Follow her on Twitter at @_KateMacfarlane.

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We’re banding together with a network of advocates, policy makers, and neighbors across Washington State to support solutions for housing stability and abundant home choices in all our communities. Join us! Together we can rein in rents and home prices, reverse decades of residential segregation and exclusionary downzoning, and curb sprawl and climate pollution.

Join us! Help us build a groundswell for housing stability and abundant home choices for Washington communities.

Upzoning Video: Invisible Walls Shutting You Out?

Here’s our 90-second explainer video on the problem of exclusionary zoning and how upzoning can be a key part of the solution. Want to learn more about how zoning keeps prices high and builds invisible walls around our cities and how upzoning for more homes, all shapes and sizes, protects mixed-income communities and stabilizes prices? Find more on upzoning and exclusionary zoning here.

Sightline’s Free Missing Middle Housing Photo Library

Missing middle homes, like ADUs, backyard cottages, mother-in-law suites, duplexes, triplexes, or low-rise apartments, have long fit into urban neighborhoods, often providing more affordable rental and purchase options than single, detached houses. Find hundreds of free, Creative Commons license photos in our Flickr library that help showcase how homes of all shapes and sizes fit into neighborhoods across Cascadia and the United States.

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