Author Archives: John V. Fox

About John V. Fox

Director, Seattle Displacement Coalition

“Save the Ave” Rally at the “friendly” Big Time Brewery in support of their effort to stave off a decidedly “unfriendly” upzone

“You’re invited” Monday, February 25th – 5-9pm Small businesses along the “Ave” in Seattle’s notably funky and historic UDistrict are hosting a rally this coming Monday February 25th, 5-9pm at the Bigtime Brewery and the public, customers, and all “those … Continue reading

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CM Herbold releases her anti-displacement plan: require developers to replace low cost housing they remove while Mayor’s just announced strategy takes small step

Seattle Displacement Coalition responds today to CM Herbold’s and Mayor Durkan’s anti-displacement strategies  The Seattle Displacement Coalition is a 42-year-old housing and homeless advocacy group and for the better part of those years we’ve been pushing especially our locally elected … Continue reading

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Your only chance to tell councilmembers to require developers to replace, 1 for 1, low income housing they destroy: public hearing on MHA upzones, Thurs. Feb 21st, 5:30pm in Council Chambers

The city-wide MHA upzone plan right now is a blueprint for massive displacement and gentrification of our city and a growing divide between rich and poor and people of color in our city!  Call or write your councilmembers and come … Continue reading

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What missing middle? More than 110,000 rentals are affordable to 28,000 middle income households in Seattle

Mayor Durkan’s middle income task force is more deja vu than ‘first ever’, like many past attempts aimed at giving developers a free hand and handing them more of our tax dollars.   written by Carolee Colter and John V. Fox … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Density, Displacement, Gentrification, Homelessness, Housing Preservation

Mayor Durkan’s ‘first ever’ middle income task force is deja vu all over again

It’s a foregone conclusion what to expect from this developer dominated advisory group and a long ways from ‘first ever’ This is a Quote from Mayor Durkan’s recent press announcement: “Today, Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced the establishment of the … Continue reading

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New state law allows gifting of public land to developers for “affordable housing” but is it just another developer giveaway?

Definition of “affordable housing” allows public entities to gift or sell their public land to developers in return for units priced above the going rate – over $1800 a month By Carolee Colter and John V. Fox reprinted from our … Continue reading

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Durkan joins past Seattle mayors willing to spend millions in overruns on near empty streetcars

At $286 million and $150 million above original cost estimates, the Center City Streetcar project receives Durkan’s blessing;  will our City Council buy this piece of underwater beachfront? Last week, Mayor Durkan announced her support of what now is the … Continue reading

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