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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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Category Archives: City Hall
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
Councilmember Mosqueda’s interest in upzoning undermines her justice goals and her interest in promoting land trusts, co-ops and other tenant ownership strategies -by Carolee Colter and John V. Fox reprinted from our column in Pacific Publishing Newspapers Back in 2004, … Continue reading
CM Johnson inserts an upzone for the ‘Ave’ into the city-wide HALA-MHA plan ignoring council’s pledge to first adopt measures that protect small businesses
Historic older buildings with low income housing already are being advertised to developers as tear-downs in anticipation of the zoning change Councilmember Rob Johnson and city planners quietly buried the ‘Ave’ upzone into their 350-page HALA-MHA plan even though it … 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
“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