Sightline Project

Making Sustainability Legal


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 We can single out outdated rules and present smart solutions that align with today’s reality.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

Seattle to See Bigger Presence from Little Cars

Car2go Seattle increases fleet by 50%, covers entire city.

Cascadia’s Car-Sharing Super Bowl

Which city wins the car-sharing trophy?

Why 20 Is Plenty on Neighborhood Streets

New state laws have allowed Portland and Seattle to lower speed limits.

Seattle Goes Backward on Micro-housing

What will it take to build a power base for inexpensive housing?

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.


Parking quotas may wither away.

Parking Break

Cities are already ditching parking quotas.