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 We can single out outdated rules and present smart solutions that align with today’s reality.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

Event: Build Small, Live Large

The future of sustainable housing.

Dear Mr. Mayor

What I wish you'd said.

HALA and the Neighborhoods: What’s the Story?

Open up Seattle’s single-family zoning to those who aren’t rich.

HALA and the $100,000 Question

What kind of city does Seattle want to be?

“I Love the Change I’ve Seen in My Neighborhood in the Last Ten Years”

A homeowner on why growth and density are good things.

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.