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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.
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Category Archives: Density
Historic Sheridan building in downtown faces demolition; under old housing bonus program the developer was required to replace these 56 low cost units… but not under HALA-MHA
The incentive zoning or ‘housing bonus’ system in place for years required developers to replace 1 for 1 any low cost housing they demolished as a condition for increasing the height and density of their buildings. The new HALA-Mandatory Housing … 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
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
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
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
New state law requires cities (including Seattle) to recalculate their growth capacity and could lead to more upzoning
– written by Carolee Colter and John V. Fox (reprinted from this month’s editions of Pacific Publishing Newspapers) State agency hires firm linked to Master Builders Association (MBA) to develop new formula cities will use to calculate future zoned capacity … Continue reading
Over 24,000 parcels could be affected by latest HALA effort to build more housing By George Howland Jr This is the big enchilada. In the middle of November, city hall hopes to roll out proposed zoning changes for nearly every … Continue reading