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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
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
The Aesthetic Problem: “much more often people become homeless due to systemic failures not individual choices”
Geov Parrish, in this story, traces the rise of homelessness back to conscious choices of local leaders * Expect to see more stories from Geov for Outside City in the coming weeks. The veteran columnist and reporter has covered City … Continue reading
Ishbel Dickens writes about an extraordinary effort by residents of the Firs Mobile Home Park in Sea-Tac to save their community backed by a broad coalition of church and community advocates More than 75,000 households own homes in Washington where … Continue reading
The Rev. Bill Kirlin-Hackett gives us an update on the status of vehicle campers. Guess what, there’s still no government response despite most recent homeless count showing that for the first time “those living in vehicles exceeds those in other … Continue reading