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Outside City Hall is a column by John Fox and Carolee Colter of the Seattle Displacement Coalition that has been appearing in Pacific Publishing newspapers and elsewhere since 2004. This web site was recently established to further inform the public of these important issues.
Award-winning journalist George Howland Jr.is writing opinion pieces and local news stories for this site under his own editorial direction.
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Author Archives: George Howland Jr
By George Howland Jr, Contributing Writer During our latest growth boom, 2010-17, Seattle’s single-family neighborhoods have become slightly more racially diverse: 33 percent to 34 percent.The difference in racial diversity between multi-family neighborhoods and single-family neighborhoods is negligible: 34 percent … Continue reading
The Tenants Union’s Violet Lavatai talks about displacement, gentrification and growing up in the Rainier Valley By Cliff Cawthon, Contributing Writer While walking along in Columbia City’s business district, I noticed and shuddered at the installation of paid-parking zones. My … Continue reading
Cynthia Brothers reflects on the politics of art and the art of politics by George Howland Jr, Contributing Writer Cynthia Brothers, 36, is an artist and an activist. The main outlet for her art is Vanishing Seattle, a social media … Continue reading
An excerpt from her new book: “Nothing’s for Nothing” (Rose Hip Press) by Rebekah Demirel, Contributing Writer They were kept separate from society, banished to an island, where they would pay for their crimes. Humans instinctively know that the … Continue reading
Community groups express concerns about race, social justice and city hall’s ability to listen By Cliff Cawthon, Contributing Writer Last Thursday, Mayor Tim Burgess unveiled a plan to implement Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) requirements on all new multifamily and commercial … Continue reading
Seattle’s establishment candidate Durkan wins mayor’s race By George Howland Jr On election night, former U.S. Attorney for Western Washington Jenny Durkan ran up a huge lead, 61-39 percent, over urbanist Cary Moon. While Moon refused to concede, the numbers … Continue reading
Activists say short-term rentals may lead to more displacement By Melissa Hellmann, Contributing Writer When Noelle Million, 70, purchased her Belltown Court condo unit in 1997, she was hoping to cultivate a community with neighboring homeowners. Instead, she shares a … Continue reading