Michael Andersen, Sightline Institute

Michael Andersen

Sightline Institute

Portland, OR, United States

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Past articles by Michael:

The Price of Old Homes Depends on the Cost of Building New Homes

An explanation, via hamburgers. → Read More

End Parking Mandates, Get a Free Bus Pass

Great programs like this one in Minnesota don’t happen when big parking lots are mandatory. → Read More

We Ran the Rent Numbers on Portland’s 7 Newly Legal Home Options

Today’s milestone comes with an implicit question. All these options may now be legal on paper. But will any of them actually be built? → Read More

Permanent Child Payments Would Deal a Historic Blow to Poverty

The American Rescue Plan signed last week opens the door to an alternative approach to future expansions of the US social safety net: giving people money and letting them decide how to use it, including a federal child payment to even the poorest families. → Read More

A Federal Child Credit: Like Automatic Renter Aid, But Better

A federal child credit would be an epochal victory in the fight for to house vulnerable Americans. Three Cascadian senators have key roles. → Read More

It Should Be Legal to Live in More of Oregon's 1.5 Million Empty Bedrooms

A proposed state law would strike down needless bans on sharing big houses. → Read More

Study: Yes, More Parking Does Put More Cars on the Road –

A new study finds something transportation reformers have long suspected, but never proven. → Read More

Verified: More Parking Puts More Cars on the Road

A new study finds something environmentalists have long suspected but never proven. → Read More

Suddenly, Zoning Reforms are Popping up Everywhere

Legalizing fourplexes citywide: a great idea that's spreading beyond the Pacific Northwest. → Read More

A Green Voter's Guide to Cascadia's 2020 Election Results

2020 election results related to sustainability that we're watching in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and elsewhere. → Read More

Census: Portland bike commuting laid low again in year before COVID

2019 was another year with little growth in bike commuting, in Portland or elsewhere in the U.S. → Read More

The Path to Good Local Zoning Reform is State and Federal Zoning Reform

State and federal zoning reform could force actively exclusionary cities to be less bad and slice through pro-housing advocate debates. → Read More

We Shouldn’t Need a Virus to Embrace Cash Benefits

Cash benefits give households the flexibility to respond to their unique needs and stability to open the possibility of long-term planning. → Read More

5 Reasons Portland's Fourplex Legalization Would Be a Big Deal

Portland's residential infill proposal could combine the best ideas of other cities and add its own. It's also the most significant zoning reform project... → Read More

2019: The Year Abundant Housing Turned the Corner

This year’s abundant housing successes bode well for long-term affordability progress in 2020 and in the years beyond that. → Read More

California Homeowners Have 20 Uninhabited Bedrooms for Every Homeless Person

The search for housing justice shouldn't ignore the empty luxury spaces we subsidize most. → Read More

In Mid-Density Zones, Portland Has a Choice: Garages or Low Prices?

The city's analysis shows that the need to build parking is catastrophic for housing affordability. → Read More

Did segregation cause your traffic jam?

Sprawl: Among other things, a deliberate attempt to enforce racial segregation with physical space. → Read More

Put a Friendly Face on Gentle Density

Use Sightline's open-source Flickr library to help familiarize, and normalize, "missing middle" homes through images, and share some of your own. → Read More

Oregon Just Voted to Legalize Duplexes on Almost Every City Lot

The bill, which would also legalize fourplexes and cottage clusters in larger cities, cleared both House and Senate with wide, bipartisan majorities. → Read More