Sightline Project

Making Sustainability Legal

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Some of the smartest, most innovative solutions for a sustainable Northwest are, at present, simply illegal. Believe it or not green treatments for polluted runoff, backyard cottages, and paid car-sharing are, in many places, against the law. There are dozens–maybe even hundreds–of similar examples. This Sightline series puts the spotlight on cases where we can make sustainability legal by changing existing regulations and developing pragmatic money-saving proposals. We can single out outdated rules and present smart solutions that align with today’s reality. Clear away this sort of debris, and the Northwest can grow into a region that’s more affordable, fair, and sustainable. Do you have ideas for this series? Email eric (at) sightline (dot) org.

Posts on Making Sustainability Legal

Will Seattle Be the City to Kill ‘Ridesharing’ Companies?

Proposed taxi(ish) regulations make everyone go berserk.

How is Parking like a Sandwich?

In parking, as with ham-on-rye, there is no free lunch.

To the Victors Go the Sofas

As California overturns its feckless flammability standard, (nearly) everyone rejoices!

What Will Ridesharing Be When It Grows Up?

Maybe the answer doesn't really matter.

Spot-less?

Parking quotas may wither away.

Parking Break

Cities are already ditching parking quotas.

Curb Appeal

What if you could charge rent for “your” street space?

There’s a Place for Us

A SF pilot project is step one toward park-topia.

Calling Out Cabs

Four charts from Seattle's taxi demand study.

Park Raving Mad, Cartoon Edition

How cities invent parking quotas, in 71 animated seconds.