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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: Displacement
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
Ishbel Dickens writes about an extraordinary effort by residents of the Firs Mobile Home Park in Sea-Tac to save their community backed by a broad coalition of church and community advocates More than 75,000 households own homes in Washington where … Continue reading
Joe Martin, homeless advocate and social worker for 40 years with the Pike Market Clinic, writes about the growing divide between rich and poor in this county, the causes of homelessness, and his hope for change In the Seattle Times … 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
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
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
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