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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: Politics
The Chinatown-International District Coalition fights against 1,600 market-rate residences and hotel rooms flooding their neighborhood By Cliff Cawthon, Contributing Writer On November 19, the Chinatown-International District (CID) Coalition (also known as Humbows Not Hotels) hosted a community meeting about developer-driven … Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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