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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
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
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
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
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