Author Archives: John V. Fox

About John V. Fox

Director, Seattle Displacement Coalition

Fear not facts fuel misconceptions and scapegoating of the homeless

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

Posted in Affordable Housing, Density, Homelessness, Neighborhoods, Politics, Uncategorized

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

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Density, Neighborhoods, Politics, Uncategorized

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

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Density, Politics, Uncategorized, Upzoning

Words repeated often enough can change the growth debate whether true or not

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

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

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

Posted in University District

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

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Density, Housing Preservation, Neighborhoods, Politics

Scapegoating the homeless: when concerns about crime tip towards exclusion and prejudice

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

Posted in Homelessness, Neighborhoods, Politics