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Filling In: Room for Revival in Spokane

Filling In: Room for Revival in Spokane

How modifications to one city’s development codes are making it possible to add wealth and vibrancy to its struggling neighborhoods… without taking on huge future liabilities.

The Ruin and the Mansion

The Ruin and the Mansion

Two very different buildings in Spokane illustrate the unfulfilled promises of the post-war suburban experiment and the potential for new life in even the unlikeliest of neighborhoods.

Paved With Good Intentions

Paved With Good Intentions

Doing the math on a routine, uncontroversial street paving project reveals an investment that will never pay for itself, in a city that has thousands of such investments. That we do it anyway reflects the cultural consensus at the root of our towns’ financial problems.

Dispatches from Spokane: Living a Soft Default

Dispatches from Spokane: Living a Soft Default

Spokane is an excellent illustration of a “soft default”. Like virtually every other city in the US, it is functionally insolvent, but functional insolvency rarely results in legal bankruptcy—just diminished services and deferred maintenance.

Dispatches From Spokane: Introduction

Dispatches From Spokane: Introduction

The history of Spokane, Washington is a microcosm of what American cities as a whole have experienced. Spokane has lessons to teach us, including the power of incremental (but rapid) growth.

One Track Minds

One Track Minds

Our collective failure to make the bicycle a viable transportation option for most Americans says more about our confused approach to city management than it does about a movement to rid the world of bike lanes.

The 5 Immutable Laws of Affordable Housing

The 5 Immutable Laws of Affordable Housing

Here are the 5 immutable laws of affordable housing that cities must recognize if they want to move forward — plus 3 strategies for achieving true housing affordability.

Predictive Planning

Predictive Planning

A mechanistic approach to city problems exposes us to two harms: one is that we employ the wrong solutions. The other is that we actually make things worse.

The 5 Immutable Laws of Affordable Housing

The 5 Immutable Laws of Affordable Housing

There’s probably no panacea for housing affordability. Here are 5 immutable laws of affordable housing that cities must recognize if they want to move forward. Plus 3 strategies for doing so.