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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.
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Author Archives: John V. Fox
Neil Powers; former aid to Peter Steinbrueck, GLBT activist, housing and homeless advocate, and good friend of mine passes away
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. Last weekend Neil Powers passed away … Continue reading
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
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
Geov Parrish wonders who Carmen Best will serve given that the police guild may have been the new police chief’s biggest ally in the selection process Story by Geov Parrish – Journalist and Political Activist, Geov has been covering City … Continue reading
Appeal of the City’s Grand Bargain and “HALA” upzone will continue into September: the 29 participating housing and neighborhood groups seek donations to complete their effort
This may be the longest running and most voluminous appeal ever brought before the City Hearing Examiner given number of affected neighborhoods challenging the plan; as one activist said “even if the city wins and it gets to the council … Continue reading
“It’s not socialists who run city hall”: crowd hears four veteran journalists look back on Seattle’s long history of corporate welfare
Journalists discuss stories they’ve covered dating back to the 90’s involving corporate dominance at City Hall: repeal of the office head tax is “more of the same” Two weeks ago a panel of four journalists told a crowd of about … Continue reading
For 3rd year in a row, Outside City Hall joins over 30 local news outlets with coverage of the homeless issue
We offer five stories by authors with years of direct experience working with the homeless and fighting the forces and policy decisions that cause the problem Today, as we did last year and year before that, Outside City Hall is … Continue reading