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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
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
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
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
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