Category Archives: City Hall

Amazon spheres: new Seattle icon or glorified food court

Seattle shows off it’s “world class” inferiority complex: gaudy bubbles highlight drab sameness of downtown buildings going up around them The newspapers, TV, and radio were all agog, as were several county and city elected leaders, downtown chamber types, and … Continue reading

Posted in City Hall, Density, Humor, Neighborhoods, Politics, 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

The good, bad and ugly: a look back at Seattle politics in 2017 and towards an uncertain future for 2018

by Carolee Colter and John V. Fox, reprinted from our January column appearing monthly in City Living and other Pacific Publishing newspapers  They were the best of times; they were the worst of times. Okay, looking back over the last … Continue reading

Posted in City Hall, Displacement, Housing Preservation, 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

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Density, Displacement, Gentrification, George Howland articles, Housing Preservation, Neighborhoods, Politics, Protest, racial justice, Upzoning

What is our new mayor’s plan to address police brutality?

Durkan must choose a new police chief and address the ongoing problems of excessive force and racism By Cliff Cawthon, Contributing Writer Now that the election is over and Mayor Jenny Durkan has settled in, what can we expect the … Continue reading

Posted in City Hall, Cliff Cawthon articles, Neighborhoods, police accountability, Politics, racial justice

Durkan’s team: Despite some good people, it’s business as usual

Missing from Durkan’s team; leaders from Seattle’s diverse neighborhood and community council movement and housing and homeless advocates  Reprinted from our Outside City Hall column appearing monthly in City Living and other Pacific Publishing newspapers – by Carolee Colter and … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Election 2017, Homelessness, Neighborhoods, Politics

Parking, affordability and transit

A neighborhood fight over tiny apartments with no parking leads to city hall proposing a Seattle-wide law to help developers By George Howland Jr, Contributing Writer On Phinney Ridge, the issues of parking, affordability and transit have collided. The site … Continue reading

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