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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: John V. Fox
Nextdoor sometimes becomes a forum for some to vent against “those people” sleeping in “our parks” and falsely conflating homelessness with criminality – by Carolee Colter and John V. Fox, reprinted from our long-running column in Pacific Publishing Newspapers “Nextdoor” … Continue reading
Even Raging Grannies Can’t Convince Council to Do the Right Thing in Downtown/South Lake Union Rezone
Guest Column by Susanna Lin It’s a disappointing day for Seattle when the City Council can’t raise the affordable housing requirements for Downtown/South Lake Union developers from 2 to 5%, when other cities with “Mandatory Incentive Zoning” programs set aside … Continue reading
Support CM Herbold’s amendment to increase developer’s affordable housing requirement in SLU and Downtown – your calls/emails to other CM’s are needed now
On Monday April 10th, 2pm a vote is scheduled: don’t let developers get away with inclusion of only 2.1 percent of their units at affordable rents – support Herbold’s amendment raising it to 5%! On Monday April 10th, 2pm the full … Continue reading
Many city leaders, the planners representing them, and pro-upzone, pro-developer interests have put communities on the defensive by reframing the debate and mischaracterizing those who stand in their way Needless to say, it’s a tried and true political technique. Repeating … Continue reading
You’re invited: University District small businesses host fundraiser to “Save the Ave” Friday March 31st 6pm, Big Time Brewery
Group secures six-month delay in upzone of University Way – fundraiser will help pay for study of impacts on small businesses and to come up with solutions that prevent small business displacement Join us for a fundraising party to “Savethe … Continue reading
UDistrict upzone a lesson for other neighborhoods: Activists in Wallingford and Central Area know what to do
Juarez, Harrell, Bagshaw, and Gonzalez parrot Johnson’s pro-developer pro-density message and oppose efforts to minimize displacement reprinted from a column contained in Pacific Publishing Newspapers by Carolee Colter and John V. Fox Last month Seattle City Council unanimously approved covering … Continue reading
Last year we wrote about the Neighborhood Safety Alliance, a group of largely white north-end homeowners formed for the single purpose of getting police to immediately remove the homeless, drug dealers and criminals from their neighborhoods. Despite the differences between … Continue reading