Category Archives: Housing Preservation

Record rates of new residential construction continue to keep pace with rates of population and employment growth in Seattle

Yes there’s a problem but it’s not a supply problem? By John V. Fox and Carolee Colter, reprinted from Pacific Publishing newspapers We hear a common refrain from developers that we’re not adding enough new housing to keep pace with … Continue reading

Posted in Density, Displacement, Gentrification, Housing Preservation, Neighborhoods, Uncategorized

The Showbox victory demonstrates the value of good old fashioned people power: our take on what happened

While the City Council’s unanimous decision to add the Showbox to the Market Historic District was not permanent, the theater gets a 10-month reprieve and time to come up with a longterm fix – But what about dozens of existing low … Continue reading

Posted in City Hall, Density, Gentrification, Housing Preservation, Neighborhoods, Upzoning

Highrises for the wealthy while in their shadow; more homelessness and human suffering

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

Posted in Affordable Housing, Displacement, Gentrification, Homelessness, Housing Preservation, Uncategorized

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

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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

Posted in Affordable Housing, Density, Displacement, Housing Preservation, Upzoning

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

Posted in City Hall, Displacement, Housing Preservation, racial justice, Upzoning

Art, activism and Vanishing Seattle

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

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Density, Displacement, Gentrification, George Howland articles, Housing Preservation, Neighborhoods, Politics, Protest, racial justice, Upzoning