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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.
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Category Archives: Housing Preservation
Displacement Coalition files code complaint against University Unitarian Church’s plan to demolish homes for parking lot
Church ignores law restricting demolition of housing for parking lot and city inspectors ask for ‘correction’; Coalition also says Church may have violated just cause and tenant relocation laws Last week, The Seattle Times published a front-page story about University … Continue reading
Over 24,000 parcels could be affected by latest HALA effort to build more housing By George Howland Jr This is the big enchilada. In the middle of November, city hall hopes to roll out proposed zoning changes for nearly every … Continue reading
As the Africatown Plaza Project moves forward, business owners are left to wonder if their vision aligns with the developers’ By Melissa Hellmann, contributing writer *Disclosure: The author worked on a project for Ampersand Magazine, which is produced by Forterra, … Continue reading
Rob Johnson refuses to answer questions about overselling a key housing policy (Wikipedia) When it comes to HALA’s “Grand Bargain,” Councilmember Johnson has had major legislative success, but he has misled the press and the public about the extent of … Continue reading
Dear city councilmembers: the ‘vacant buildings’ law you’re considering threatens more abandonment and loss of low income housing
Write your councilmembers: urge a NO vote on the proposed vacant building legislation or to back amendments offered by Councilmember Herbold that discourage abandonment without encouraging demolition of more occupied low cost rentals Dear Councilmembers, The Seattle Displacement Coalition played … Continue reading
“DEIS” for the “HALA” mandatory housing affordability requirement conceals impacts on low income housing”
Seattle Displacement Coalition challenges adequacy of Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS): “The loss of existing low income units would greatly outweigh total affordable units produced under HALA plan. The DEIS makes a mockery of responsible planning and analysis and thumbs … Continue reading
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