Author Archives: George Howland Jr

About George Howland Jr

For many years, George Howland Jr has been a Seattle-based journalist.

Amid displacement, Mayor Burgess proposes a citywide upzone

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

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Cliff Cawthon articles, Density, Neighborhoods, Politics, Upzoning

Jenny the juggernaut 2: the general election

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

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Election 2017, George Howland articles, Homelessness, LGBTQ, Politics, Upzoning

Long-term housing market worsened by Airbnb

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

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Melissa Hellmann, Neighborhoods, Politics

Trauma, ACES, homelessness and love

An excerpt from her new book: “Nothing’s for Nothing” (Rose Hip Press) by Rebekah Demirel ACEs stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences study. It’s a well-known tool, used by health professionals, social workers and other social-service providers to assess how difficult … Continue reading

Posted in Addiction, Affordable Housing, Homelessness, Rebekah Demirel articles

How will your street and neighborhood be changed by new citywide zoning?

Over 24,000 parcels could be affected by latest HALA effort to build more housing By George Howland Jr This is the big enchilada. In the middle of November, city hall hopes to roll out proposed zoning changes for nearly every … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Density, George Howland articles, Homelessness, Housing Preservation, Neighborhoods, Politics, Upzoning

Sister could raise conflicts of interest for Jenny Durkan

T. Ryan Durkan has worked on projects ranging from the Convention Center to Sound Transit. By George Howland Jr If elected, mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan must stay mum on city issues where her siblings have a financial interest. That could … Continue reading

Posted in City Hall, Election 2017, George Howland articles, Politics

The mayor’s race: will Durkan’s money bury Moon?

As of Oct. 11, Jenny Durkan has raised $728,000 and the Chamber’s pro-Durkan PAC has raised nearly $900,000 Political observers say the race for Seattle mayor is close—except for money. Former U.S. Attorney for Western Washington Jenny Durkan and her … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Election 2017, George Howland articles, LGBTQ, Politics