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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
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
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