Category Archives: Neighborhoods

Amid displacement, Mayor Burgess proposes a citywide upzone

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

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Cliff Cawthon articles, Density, Neighborhoods, Politics, Upzoning

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

Posted in Affordable Housing, Density, Neighborhoods, Politics, Upzoning

Long-term housing market worsened by Airbnb

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

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How will your street and neighborhood be changed by new citywide zoning?

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

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Density, George Howland articles, Homelessness, Housing Preservation, Neighborhoods, Politics, Upzoning

Will Black-Owned Businesses Survive the MidTown Center Redevelopment?

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

Posted in Affordable Housing, Density, Housing Preservation, Melissa Hellmann, Neighborhoods, Uncategorized

Cary’s Convention Center Conflict

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

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Density, Election 2017, George Howland articles, Neighborhoods, Politics, Trees, parks, and open space

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

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