Category Archives: George Howland articles

Seattle politics: liberal versus left

  Mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan (left) represents the status quo while Nikkita Oliver will bring transformational change By George Howland Jr. As Mayor Ed Murray prepares to leave office, let’s say goodbye to one of his favorite tropes: Seattle is … Continue reading

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Homeless housing in Magnolia faces tough odds

A school, a park and housing compete for Fort Lawton’s 28 acres of surplus federal property By George Howland Jr. Twenty-eight acres of surplus federal property should be a great opportunity for Seattle. Instead, it shows signs of becoming a … Continue reading

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Homeless encampments will continue

City Hall must stop harassing homeless campers and learn to help them By George Howland Jr Here’s the big news out of the 2017 One Night Count of the homeless: illegal encampments will continue. It’s a simple problem of numbers: … Continue reading

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Market-based, mission-driven developer dramatically lowers costs of building affordable housing

Portland homeless advocate and builder has a model that he wants Seattle to adopt By George Howland Jr From 1992-2007, Rob Justus worked to get homeless people off the streets of Portland and into housing. “I left when we were … Continue reading

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Establishment candidate for mayor has clearest path to November’s election

Jenny Durkan starts as the favorite in the August 1 primary but five others are competitive By George Howland Jr The race for mayor of Seattle is not wide open. There is one candidate, barring some unforeseen circumstance, who will … Continue reading

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Why is affordable housing so expensive to build?

Complicated finance methods and commitments to labor and greens all contribute to costs by George Howland Jr The current debate over the cost of developing affordable housing has come to Washington state. While the issue is not new, the political … Continue reading

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Council candidate wants Seattle to strike a new path on housing

Sheley Secrest sharply critiques the mayor’s HALA plans and works to build a community land trust On April 20, Sheley Secrest declared her opposition to Mayor Ed Murray’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA). At Seattle’s 46th Legislative District candidate … Continue reading

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