Author Archives: John V. Fox

About John V. Fox

Director, Seattle Displacement Coalition

Community councils have long history fighting racism and backing efforts to preserve Seattle’s low income housing stock

Attempts to link the neighborhood movement and single family character of the city to exclusionary practices are off base – the shoe is on the other foot reprinted from an abbreviated version in Pacific Publishing Newspapers by Carolee Colter and John … Continue reading

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Triggers and Healing Trauma

An excerpt from her new book: “Nothing’s for Nothing” (Rose Hip Press)  by Rebekah Demirel, Contributing Writer The term “triggered” describes how something happening in the present moment can bring up emotions from a similar time in the past. Not just … Continue reading

Posted in Homelessness, Neighborhoods, Protest, Rebekah Demirel articles

Historic Sheridan building in downtown faces demolition; under old housing bonus program the developer was required to replace these 56 low cost units… but not under HALA-MHA

The incentive zoning or ‘housing bonus’ system in place for years required developers to replace 1 for 1 any low cost housing they demolished as a condition for increasing the height and density of their buildings. The new HALA-Mandatory Housing … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, Density, Displacement, Housing Preservation, Upzoning

Amazon spheres: new Seattle icon or glorified food court

Seattle shows off it’s “world class” inferiority complex: gaudy bubbles highlight drab sameness of downtown buildings going up around them The newspapers, TV, and radio were all agog, as were several county and city elected leaders, downtown chamber types, and … Continue reading

Posted in City Hall, Density, Humor, Neighborhoods, Politics, Upzoning

The good, bad and ugly: a look back at Seattle politics in 2017 and towards an uncertain future for 2018

by Carolee Colter and John V. Fox, reprinted from our January column appearing monthly in City Living and other Pacific Publishing newspapers  They were the best of times; they were the worst of times. Okay, looking back over the last … Continue reading

Posted in City Hall, Displacement, Housing Preservation, racial justice, Upzoning

Hearing on EIS appeal of HALA upzones set for April but CM Johnson moves ahead anyway with Council review; has he crossed a legal red line?

Update of appeal by 27 neighborhood and housing groups; they’re seeking donations to help cover the cost of their appeal while CM Johnson pretends there is no appeal (and no widespread opposition to the city’s massive upzoning plan) The City’s … Continue reading

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Durkan’s team: Despite some good people, it’s business as usual

Missing from Durkan’s team; leaders from Seattle’s diverse neighborhood and community council movement and housing and homeless advocates  Reprinted from our Outside City Hall column appearing monthly in City Living and other Pacific Publishing newspapers – by Carolee Colter and … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Election 2017, Homelessness, Neighborhoods, Politics