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CM Johnson inserts an upzone for the ‘Ave’ into the city-wide HALA-MHA plan ignoring council’s pledge to first adopt measures that protect small businesses

Historic older buildings with low income housing already are being advertised to developers as tear-downs in anticipation of the zoning change Councilmember Rob Johnson and city planners quietly buried the ‘Ave’ upzone into their 350-page HALA-MHA plan even though it … Continue reading

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What is an urbanist?

Don’t be fooled by those who drape themselves in pseudo-urbanism and (mis)use the term to mask their pro-developer sentiments by Carolee Colter and John V. Fox, reprinted from the August 2018 issue of Pacific Publishing newspapers In Seattle, as in … Continue reading

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Large U-District crowd hears panel of small business and elected leaders call for measures to preserve historic character of neighborhood businesses districts threatened by upzones and runaway growth

While the Mayor’s budget removed funding for a “legacy business” program that helps small businesses weather growth, CM Herbold was able to restore it You can view the entire panel discussion by clicking on the pic.  The forum was entitled: “Who … Continue reading

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Record rates of new residential construction since 2012 continue to keep pace with rates of population and employment growth in Seattle

Yes there’s a problem but it’s not a supply problem? By John V. Fox and Carolee Colter, reprinted from Pacific Publishing newspapers We hear a common refrain from developers that we’re not adding enough new housing to keep pace with … Continue reading

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Neil Power’s friends in Seattle gather to celebrate a life well-lived

Some pictures and three videos of our service for Neil Powers here in Seattle October 6th Below Peter Steinbrueck, Port Commissioner and Neil’s former boss when Peter was a City Councilmember (the following five close-ups we’re taken by Sharon Lee): … Continue reading

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Neil Powers memorial services October 6th 3pm Seattle First Baptist Church – former aid to Peter Steinbrueck, GLBT activist, housing and homeless advocate, and good friend of mine

It came as terrible shock to all of us who had the good fortune to know and work with Neil Powers, especially those of us who have maintained longstanding and close friendships with him.   Two weeks ago Neil Powers passed … Continue reading

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Appeal of the City’s Grand Bargain and “HALA” upzone will continue into September: the 29 participating housing and neighborhood groups seek donations to complete their effort

This may be the longest running and most voluminous appeal ever brought before the City Hearing Examiner given number of affected neighborhoods challenging the plan;  as one activist said “even if the city wins and it gets to the council … Continue reading

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