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Category Archives: Upzoning
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
By George Howland Jr, Contributing Writer During our latest growth boom, 2010-17, Seattle’s single-family neighborhoods have become slightly more racially diverse: 33 percent to 34 percent.The difference in racial diversity between multi-family neighborhoods and single-family neighborhoods is negligible: 34 percent … Continue reading
Local environmentalists call Councilmember Rob Johnson’s tree preservation ordinance a ‘tree removal’ law
Public hearing on Johnson’s tree legislation is Wednesday September 5th 9:30AM in the Council Chambers; concerns raised that notice of hearing was not posted until day before Labor Day More of this if Rob Johnson’s new tree ‘preservation’ law is … Continue reading
Is it possible to be both pro-growth and still green? The answer is NO. (This story was originally posted Feb 2, 2010) in OUTSIDE CITY HALL For decades, government and industry leaders and many who call themselves environmentalists have claimed … Continue reading
The Showbox victory demonstrates the value of good old fashioned people power: our take on what happened
While the City Council’s unanimous decision to add the Showbox to the Market Historic District was not permanent, the theater gets a 10-month reprieve and time to come up with a longterm fix – But what about dozens of existing low … Continue reading
Historic Sheridan building in downtown faces demolition; under old housing bonus program the developer was required to replace these 56 low cost units… but not under HALA-MHA
The incentive zoning or ‘housing bonus’ system in place for years required developers to replace 1 for 1 any low cost housing they demolished as a condition for increasing the height and density of their buildings. The new HALA-Mandatory Housing … Continue reading
Seattle shows off it’s “world class” inferiority complex: gaudy bubbles highlight drab sameness of downtown buildings going up around them The newspapers, TV, and radio were all agog, as were several county and city elected leaders, downtown chamber types, and … Continue reading