Author Archives: John V. Fox

About John V. Fox

Director, Seattle Displacement Coalition

Large U-District crowd hears panel of small business and elected leaders call for measures to preserve historic character of neighborhood businesses districts threatened by upzones and runaway growth

Meanwhile, the Mayor’s budget removes funding for a “legacy business” program that could prevent displacement of small businesses; CM Herbold seeks to restore funding You can view the entire panel discussion here: “Who rules Seattle: Can our neighborhood small business districts survive … Continue reading

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Record rates of new residential construction since 2012 continue to keep pace with rates of population and employment growth in Seattle

Yes there’s a problem but it’s not a supply problem? By John V. Fox and Carolee Colter, reprinted from Pacific Publishing newspapers We hear a common refrain from developers that we’re not adding enough new housing to keep pace with … Continue reading

Posted in Density, Displacement, Gentrification, Housing Preservation, Neighborhoods, Uncategorized

Neil Power’s friends in Seattle gather to celebrate a life well-lived

Some pictures and three videos of our service for Neil Powers here in Seattle October 6th Below Peter Steinbrueck, Port Commissioner and Neil’s former boss when Peter was a City Councilmember (the following five close-ups we’re taken by Sharon Lee): … Continue reading

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Neil Powers memorial services October 6th 3pm Seattle First Baptist Church – former aid to Peter Steinbrueck, GLBT activist, housing and homeless advocate, and good friend of mine

It came as terrible shock to all of us who had the good fortune to know and work with Neil Powers, especially those of us who have maintained longstanding and close friendships with him.   Two weeks ago Neil Powers passed … Continue reading

Posted in Personal Essays, Uncategorized

Local environmentalists call Councilmember Rob Johnson’s tree preservation ordinance a ‘tree removal’ law

Public hearing on Johnson’s tree legislation is Wednesday September 5th 9:30AM in the Council Chambers; concerns raised that notice of hearing was not posted until day before Labor Day More of this if Rob Johnson’s new tree ‘preservation’ law is … Continue reading

Posted in City Hall, Density, Politics, Trees, parks, and open space, Upzoning

Seattle’s struggle between economics, environment  

Is it possible to be both pro-growth and still green? The answer is NO. (This story was originally posted Feb 2, 2010) in OUTSIDE CITY HALL For decades, government and industry leaders and many who call themselves environmentalists have claimed … Continue reading

Posted in Density, Politics, Transportation, Upzoning

The Showbox victory demonstrates the value of good old fashioned people power: our take on what happened

While the City Council’s unanimous decision to add the Showbox to the Market Historic District was not permanent, the theater gets a 10-month reprieve and time to come up with a longterm fix – But what about dozens of existing low … Continue reading

Posted in City Hall, Density, Gentrification, Housing Preservation, Neighborhoods, Upzoning