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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.
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Category Archives: University District
District 4 City Council Candidate Forum, Tuesday June 11th 6:00pm University Heights School, 5031 University Way NE
You’re invited to hear the candidates take a stand on issues of growth and development of the U-District and surrounding community and what they propose to do to address small business needs, the loss of existing affordable housing stock, and … Continue reading
CM’s Mosqueda and Gonzalez upset that a supplemental EIS is required delaying vote on more UDistrict upzones. Their only concern: “how fast can you get it done?”
Here’s what happened at the Council’s briefing on more UDistrict upzones held with only 24-hour notice posted over a holiday It’s rare you get to testify before all nine councilmembers and for a whole two minutes no less! But, in … Continue reading
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