Category Archives: Affordable Housing

Why is Rob Johnson spinning the facts so hard?

Rob Johnson refuses to answer questions about overselling a key housing policy (Wikipedia) When it comes to HALA’s “Grand Bargain,” Councilmember Johnson has had major legislative success, but he has misled the press and the public about the extent of … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Density, George Howland articles, Housing Preservation, Media, Neighborhoods, Politics, Upzoning

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

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“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

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Jenny the Juggernaut

      Race for second place in mayor’s race between Moon and Oliver is very close, but Durkan is primary night’s big winner By George Howland Jr. On primary election night, former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan was beating her … Continue reading

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$469 million cultural levy: badly conceived and terribly timed

Too much of Proposition 1, a county-wide tax measure, will go to  institutions that serve the wealthy and middle class or don’t deserve public money by George Howland Jr I love the arts, history and science, but I hate “Access … Continue reading

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Seattle politics: liberal versus left

  Mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan (left) represents the status quo while Nikkita Oliver will bring transformational change By George Howland Jr. As Mayor Ed Murray prepares to leave office, let’s say goodbye to one of his favorite tropes: Seattle is … Continue reading

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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

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