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

Posted in City Hall, Density, Politics, Trees, parks, and open space, Upzoning

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

Posted in City Hall, Density, Gentrification, Housing Preservation, Neighborhoods, Upzoning

The Best solution?

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

Posted in City Hall, police accountability, Politics, Protest, racial justice, Resistance

“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