Category Archives: City Hall

City cuts funding for urban rest stops, shelter, and transitional housing: advocates say the move means more homelessness

Millions in funding for homeless programs are being moved from shelter and tested services to ‘rapid rehousing’.  Advocates say only calls to electeds can stop a ‘colossal mistake’ Immediately following the budget process, outgoing ‘placeholder’ Mayor Tim Burgess held a … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, Budget, City Hall, Homelessness, Politics

Humbows not hotels

The Chinatown-International District Coalition fights against 1,600 market-rate residences and hotel rooms flooding their neighborhood By Cliff Cawthon, Contributing Writer On November 19, the Chinatown-International District (CID) Coalition (also known as Humbows Not Hotels) hosted a community meeting about developer-driven … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Cliff Cawthon articles, Housing Preservation, Neighborhoods, Politics, Protest, Resistance, Upzoning

Displacement Coalition files code complaint against University Unitarian Church’s plan to demolish homes for parking lot

Church ignores law restricting demolition of housing for parking lot and city inspectors ask for ‘correction’; Coalition also says Church may have violated just cause and tenant relocation laws Last week, The Seattle Times published a front-page story about University … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Homelessness, Housing Preservation, Neighborhoods, Politics

Amid displacement, Mayor Burgess proposes a citywide upzone

Community groups express concerns about race, social justice and city hall’s ability to listen By Cliff Cawthon, Contributing Writer Last Thursday, Mayor Tim Burgess unveiled a plan to implement Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) requirements on all new multifamily and commercial … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Cliff Cawthon articles, Density, Neighborhoods, Politics, Upzoning

Jenny the juggernaut 2: the general election

Seattle’s establishment candidate Durkan wins mayor’s race By George Howland Jr On election night, former U.S. Attorney for Western Washington Jenny Durkan ran up a huge lead, 61-39 percent, over urbanist Cary Moon. While Moon refused to concede, the numbers … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Election 2017, George Howland articles, Homelessness, LGBTQ, Politics, Upzoning

Long-term housing market worsened by Airbnb

Activists say short-term rentals may lead to more displacement By Melissa Hellmann, Contributing Writer When Noelle Million, 70, purchased her Belltown Court condo unit in 1997, she was hoping to cultivate a community with neighboring homeowners. Instead, she shares a … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Melissa Hellmann, Neighborhoods, Politics

Our top-rated list of overused campaign slogans in this general election

Words like “vibrant” “proven leader” “inclusive leader” with “bold solutions” and a “progressive vision” top the list of warm and fuzzy generalities Each election cycle, the successful campaigns for Mayor and City Council spend tens of thousands on campaign mailers. … Continue reading

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