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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: Housing Preservation
“The trickle-down and ‘housing-as-opportunity’ school of thought are fundamentally flawed and lead to simplistic and misguided public policy recommendations” – Michael Storper, UCLA and London School of Economics We thought we’d share with you some information about a couple of … Continue reading
CM’s Mosqueda and Gonzalez upset that a supplemental EIS is required delaying vote on more UDistrict upzones. Their only concern: “how fast can you get it done?”
Here’s what happened at the Council’s briefing on more UDistrict upzones held with only 24-hour notice posted over a holiday It’s rare you get to testify before all nine councilmembers and for a whole two minutes no less! But, in … Continue reading
And scheduled on 18 June 2019, the Council is expected to hold a full council meeting to discuss amendments and possibly vote on O’Brien’s proposed legislation. We were asked to alert folks to this important upcoming hearing on Councilmember O’Brien’s … Continue reading
I asked an experienced land use consultant to take me through one outcome of the DADU/ADU legislation
Here’s how David Moehring describes the process by which this new ADU/DADU legislation could lead to condo’izing one or more of the units on a site and selling them at very high prices? 1. Existing home owner has 5000 sq … Continue reading
Councilmembers Gonzalez and Mosqueda level charges of racism against neighborhoods opposing their pro-density agenda; it’s polarizing and 180 degrees wrong
Especially since those bearing brunt of recently approved MHA upzones are communities of color Reprinted from our column in Pacific Publishing News – Carolee Colter and John V. Fox Before voting in favor of the citywide upzones last month accompanying … Continue reading
Council discussion of CM Herbold’s anti-displacement bill originally scheduled for next week has been postponed
Community leaders say “without passage of Herbold’s bill, our city can’t begin to manage, let alone overcome, homelessness; our shortage of low cost housing can only grow” Originally scheduled for next week’s City Council Land Use Committee Meeting, April 17th, … Continue reading
MHA upzones: 60 percent of lots the city identified as “likely to be redeveloped” are located in lower income areas of the Central District, Southeast Seattle, and other Southend neighborhoods
Map of the city’s list of vulnerable sites shows communities of color face potentially the greatest change due to MHA upzoning: 85 percent of the 1000 largest upzoned single-family lots are in Central District and South Seattle There’s some startling … Continue reading