Category Archives: Politics

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

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Jenny the juggernaut 2: the general election

Seattle’s establishment candidate Durkan wins mayor’s race By George Howland Jr On election night, former U.S. Attorney for Western Washington Jenny Durkan ran up a huge lead, 61-39 percent, over urbanist Cary Moon. While Moon refused to concede, the numbers … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Election 2017, George Howland articles, Homelessness, LGBTQ, 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

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Melissa Hellmann, Neighborhoods, Politics

Our top-rated list of overused campaign slogans in this general election

Words like “vibrant” “proven leader” “inclusive leader” with “bold solutions” and a “progressive vision” top the list of warm and fuzzy generalities Each election cycle, the successful campaigns for Mayor and City Council spend tens of thousands on campaign mailers. … 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

Outside City Hall won’t be endorsing anyone for Mayor and here’s why

  There’s no “there” there when it comes to Moon Some of our friends in the neighborhood movement and those involved in housing and homeless advocacy have chosen to cast their lot with “Team Moon”.  Moon’s opposition to the current … Continue reading

Posted in City Hall, Density, Election 2017, Politics, Upzoning