Category Archives: City Hall

“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

Posted in City Hall, Media, Politics

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

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Displacement, Homelessness, Uncategorized

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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Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Density, Displacement, Homelessness, Housing Preservation, Uncategorized

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