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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
This repeal translates directly into more homelessness in our city and a denial of necessary housing and services for hundreds on the verge of becoming homeless The news hit suddenly with an announcement by Seattle City Council president, Bruce Harrell, … Continue reading
Update: Hearing on appeal of HALA upzones by 29 neighborhood and housing groups will begin June 25th
Grassroots coalition filing the appeal asks public for contributions and volunteers while the City Council’s Land Use Chair Rob Johnson continues to hold hearings and review the HALA upzone plan as if there is no appeal “The City has not … Continue reading
Ray Jackson passes away at age 83; Husky football legend, community leader, role model and coach of mine
Husky Rose Bowl great made decades-long contributions beyond football and should be remembered for his early role in the fight for racial equality in the school’s sports program – John Fox reprinted from April edition of City Living and other … Continue reading
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
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
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
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