Author Archives: John V. Fox

About John V. Fox

Director, Seattle Displacement Coalition

You can help save a forest

Seattle Green Space Coalition asks you to email Seattle Public Utilities: urge them to sell this valued forest land to Lake Forest Park so it can be saved (We don’t think Seattle Green Space Coalition will mind if we reprint … Continue reading

Posted in City Hall, Neighborhoods, Trees, parks, and open space

Dear city councilmembers: the ‘vacant buildings’ law you’re considering threatens more abandonment and loss of low income housing

Write your councilmembers: urge a NO vote on the proposed vacant building legislation or to back amendments offered by Councilmember Herbold that discourage abandonment without encouraging demolition of more occupied low cost rentals Dear Councilmembers, The Seattle Displacement Coalition played … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Density, Housing Preservation, Upzoning

How many clichés, and warm and fuzzy slogans can you fit on a campaign mailer or into a stump speech? We have the answer!

Attention candidates: feel-good slogans for your speeches, mailers and brochures, guaranteed to elevate your profile and capture votes “I am a proven civic leader with a clear progressive vision, courage and independence to tackle the big problems so everyone can … Continue reading

Posted in City Hall, Election 2017, Media, Politics

“DEIS” for the “HALA” mandatory housing affordability requirement conceals impacts on low income housing”

Seattle Displacement Coalition challenges adequacy of Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS): “The loss of existing low income units would greatly outweigh total affordable units produced under HALA plan.  The DEIS makes a mockery of responsible planning and analysis and thumbs … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Density, Housing Preservation, Upzoning

Why only Hasegawa and Oliver measure up, Jon Grant for City Council Seat 8, and for Seat 9 “anyone but Gonzalez”

John Fox and Carolee Colter give their opinion why only these candidates measure up on issues affecting our neighborhoods, racial and economic justice, housing, land use, homelessness, police accountability and ensuring equity in our city.  go here 

Posted in City Hall, Election 2017, Politics

Public Bank for Seattle; pipe dream or can it work here?

Neil Powers looks into some of the pros and cons of creating one here in Seattle (Special note:  Outside City Hall was going to post this story later accompanying it with another post examining the legal and constitutional issues some … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, Budget, City Hall, Election 2017, Politics, Uncategorized

Only Nikkita Oliver and Bob Hasegawa measure up in race for Mayor

Carolee Colter and John Fox give their opinion on why it’s Oliver and Hasegawa in the race for Mayor, Jon Grant for Council Seat 8, and “anybody but Gonzalez” for Seat 9   Ballots are mailed out Wednesday for the … Continue reading

Posted in City Hall, Election 2017, Media, Upzoning