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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.
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Author Archives: John V. Fox
New state law requires cities (including Seattle) to recalculate their growth capacity and could lead to more upzoning
– written by Carolee Colter and John V. Fox (reprinted from this month’s editions of Pacific Publishing Newspapers) State agency hires firm linked to Master Builders Association (MBA) to develop new formula cities will use to calculate future zoned capacity … Continue reading
Words like “vibrant” “proven leader” “inclusive leader” with “bold solutions” and a “progressive vision” top the list of warm and fuzzy generalities Each election cycle, the successful campaigns for Mayor and City Council spend tens of thousands on campaign mailers. … Continue reading
There’s no “there” there when it comes to Moon Some of our friends in the neighborhood movement and those involved in housing and homeless advocacy have chosen to cast their lot with “Team Moon”. Moon’s opposition to the current … Continue reading
Only Councilmember O’Brien, among city officials, offers real and ‘compassionate’ solutions for homeless vehicle campers
A crisis on wheels with over 1500 people in 1000 vehicles homeless every night in Seattle. They face ticketing and impounds and nearly always hostility. The 2017 One-Night Count found 5485 homeless individuals sleeping outside in Seattle and King County. … Continue reading
Our critique of Sawant’s tenure on the Seattle City Council – by Carolee Colter and John V. Fox (reprinted from August publications of Pacific Publishing News) Kshama Sawant and her Socialist Alternative (SA) movement have a laudable plan to expand … Continue reading
Sawant spoke up for her constituency and the family of Che Taylor… and did her job A month ago in “City Living” and other Pacific Publishing Newspapers we posted a critique of Kshama Sawant’s tenure on the City Council. We … Continue reading