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Category Archives: University District
In parting shot at U-District residents and small businesses, Rob Johnson re-introduces legislation to upzone “The Ave”
Nearly a dozen other blocks in the University District also are proposed for upzones “Essentially we’re back in hot water or soon will be, thanks to Mr. Johnson” said a member of the University District Small Business Association, responding to … Continue reading
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
Northeast Seattle’s city councilmember twists truth to support irresponsible policies by Alex Pedersen Do you recognize this bulldozer? It’s hard to tell because there are so many rumbling in Northeast Seattle these days. (It’s the one on NE 50th and … Continue reading
You’re invited: University District small businesses host fundraiser to “Save the Ave” Friday March 31st 6pm, Big Time Brewery
Group secures six-month delay in upzone of University Way – fundraiser will help pay for study of impacts on small businesses and to come up with solutions that prevent small business displacement Join us for a fundraising party to “Savethe … Continue reading
CM Johnson’s last minute addition of 3-block area to UDistrict upzone spells loss of another 180 low cost rentals – council unanimously approves covering neighborhood with highrises
CM’s Juarez and Harrell vote against Herbold and OBrien’s efforts to mitigate impacts of upzone siding with developer backed majority For youtube vid click here of affected 3 block area CM’s Herbold and OBrien (with Sawant backing) failed in their attempt … Continue reading
Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz gives $450,000 to promote Mayor Ed Murray’s “Grand Bargain” Billionaire Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and Cari Tuna, his spouse, have given $450,000 to two local groups supporting Mayor Ed Murray’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA). … Continue reading
Councilmember Rob Johnson elevates mudslinging to new level equating neighborhood opposition to HALA with Trump’s wall: a neighborhood leader responds
Recent quotes from Councilmember Rob Johnson disparage neighborhood leaders for caring about their neighborhoods. In a recent presentation to a large pro-density-at-all cost crowd attending at a Transportation Choices forum, Erica Barnett reports that CM Rob Johnson brought down … Continue reading