Category Archives: Affordable Housing

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

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When is a home not a home?

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

Posted in Affordable Housing, Displacement, Gentrification, Homelessness, Protest, Resistance, Uncategorized

Highrises for the wealthy while in their shadow; more homelessness and human suffering

Joe Martin, homeless advocate and social worker for 40 years with the Pike Market Clinic, writes about the growing divide between rich and poor in this county, the causes of homelessness, and his hope for change In the Seattle Times … Continue reading

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Homelessness: city leaders blindly push more growth while denying their actions cause massive displacement

John Fox, Director of the Seattle Displacement Coalition, writes “we can add more subsidized housing until we’re blue in the face but we’re losing 3-4 units of existing unsubsidized housing for every subsidized one we build.”   We’ve said it many … Continue reading

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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

Posted in Affordable Housing, Density, Displacement, Housing Preservation, Upzoning

How Columbia City (and Seattle) became richer and whiter

The Tenants Union’s Violet Lavatai talks about displacement, gentrification and growing up in the Rainier Valley By Cliff Cawthon, Contributing Writer While walking along in Columbia City’s business district, I noticed and shuddered at the installation of paid-parking zones. My … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Cliff Cawthon articles, Displacement, Gentrification, Homelessness, Neighborhoods, Politics, racial justice, Upzoning

Art, activism and Vanishing Seattle

Cynthia Brothers reflects on the politics of art and the art of politics by George Howland Jr, Contributing Writer Cynthia Brothers, 36, is an artist and an activist. The main outlet for her art is Vanishing Seattle, a social media … Continue reading

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