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Fear not facts fuel misconceptions and scapegoating of the homeless

Nextdoor sometimes becomes a forum for some to vent against “those people” sleeping in “our parks” and falsely conflating homelessness with criminality – by Carolee Colter and John V. Fox, reprinted from our long-running column in Pacific Publishing Newspapers “Nextdoor” … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, Density, Homelessness, Neighborhoods, Politics, Uncategorized

Even Raging Grannies Can’t Convince Council to Do the Right Thing in Downtown/South Lake Union Rezone

Guest Column by Susanna Lin It’s a disappointing day for Seattle when the City Council can’t raise the affordable housing requirements for Downtown/South Lake Union developers from 2 to 5%, when other cities with “Mandatory Incentive Zoning” programs set aside … Continue reading

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Support CM Herbold’s amendment to increase developer’s affordable housing requirement in SLU and Downtown – your calls/emails to other CM’s are needed now

On Monday April 10th, 2pm a vote is scheduled:  don’t let developers get away with inclusion of only 2.1 percent of their units at affordable rents – support Herbold’s amendment raising it to 5%!  On Monday April 10th, 2pm the full … Continue reading

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Letter from Marilyn Wilkinson Cope responds to CM Johnson and reprinted verbatim with her permission (Thank you Marilyn!)

Councilmember Johnson, I want to express my disappointment in your recent grotesquely hypocritical statement: “It’s really disturbing for me when I hear somebody talking about how glad they were to see the neighborhood district council’s stand up for single-family zoning … Continue reading

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Neighborhood Safety Alliance & Speak Out Seattle (SOS): groups targetting the homeless are wrong & threaten the neighborhood movement – see our earlier column on this here:

https://outsidecityhall.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/safety-alliance-not-of-the-neighborhood/

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Our 2017 city hall wish list

Reprinted from our Outside City Hall December 2016 column included in City Living and other Pacific Publishing News – by Carolee Colter and John V. Fox It’s the season for gift giving, resolutions, and new year’s wishes. Here’s our political … Continue reading

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Changes to UW Campus Master Plan move forward: combined with UDistrict upzones densities would rival downtown

While there’s been some press coverage of the city’s plan to zone the University District neighborhood for highrise development and we have written a number of stories about it with links here, there’s been almost no coverage of plans by … Continue reading

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