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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: Neighborhoods
Community groups express concerns about race, social justice and city hall’s ability to listen By Cliff Cawthon, Contributing Writer Last Thursday, Mayor Tim Burgess unveiled a plan to implement Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) requirements on all new multifamily and commercial … Continue reading
New state law requires cities (including Seattle) to recalculate their growth capacity and could lead to more upzoning
– written by Carolee Colter and John V. Fox (reprinted from this month’s editions of Pacific Publishing Newspapers) State agency hires firm linked to Master Builders Association (MBA) to develop new formula cities will use to calculate future zoned capacity … Continue reading
Activists say short-term rentals may lead to more displacement By Melissa Hellmann, Contributing Writer When Noelle Million, 70, purchased her Belltown Court condo unit in 1997, she was hoping to cultivate a community with neighboring homeowners. Instead, she shares a … 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
CORRECTION: According to Wayne Barnett, Executive Director of the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission, mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan, if elected, must also recuse herself from “any matter that her siblings have a financial interest in.” Barnett explains, “Anything where [Durkan’s] … Continue reading
Only Councilmember O’Brien, among city officials, offers real and ‘compassionate’ solutions for homeless vehicle campers
A crisis on wheels with over 1500 people in 1000 vehicles homeless every night in Seattle. They face ticketing and impounds and nearly always hostility. The 2017 One-Night Count found 5485 homeless individuals sleeping outside in Seattle and King County. … Continue reading