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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
Ed Murray wants to spend tens of millions more on rapid rehousing, but a new study shows it doesn’t work 60 percent of the time What is the highlight of Mayor Ed Murray’s latest plan to solve Seattle’s homelessness crisis? … Continue reading
Northeast Seattle’s city councilmember twists truth to support irresponsible policies by Alex Pedersen Do you recognize this bulldozer? It’s hard to tell because there are so many rumbling in Northeast Seattle these days. (It’s the one on NE 50th and … Continue reading
UDistrict upzone a lesson for other neighborhoods: Activists in Wallingford and Central Area know what to do
Juarez, Harrell, Bagshaw, and Gonzalez parrot Johnson’s pro-developer pro-density message and oppose efforts to minimize displacement reprinted from a column contained in Pacific Publishing Newspapers by Carolee Colter and John V. Fox Last month Seattle City Council unanimously approved covering … Continue reading
In a recent Sightline piece, the writer tells us that the proportion of land in Seattle given exclusively to single family uses has steadily increased over nearly a century long evolution of the City’s zoning code. We are supposed to … Continue reading
CM Johnson’s last minute addition of 3-block area to UDistrict upzone spells loss of another 180 low cost rentals – council unanimously approves covering neighborhood with highrises
CM’s Juarez and Harrell vote against Herbold and OBrien’s efforts to mitigate impacts of upzone siding with developer backed majority For youtube vid click here of affected 3 block area CM’s Herbold and OBrien (with Sawant backing) failed in their attempt … Continue reading
Advocates for livable cities debate growth management Seattle’s record-shattering growth has just put up staggering numbers again. On Jan. 20, the city’s Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) reported that in 2016 7,093 new housing units came onto the … Continue reading
The big lie: Pro-density backers toss racist NIMBY label at anyone opposing the Mayor’s ‘HALA’ upzone agenda
McCarthy-like attacks designed to marginalize neighborhood groups Reprinted from our 2017 January column in Pacific Publishing Newspapers by Carolee Colter and John V. Fox There’s a false narrative driving the massive upzoning of Seattle’s neighborhoods – the centerpiece of the Mayor’s … Continue reading