Category Archives: Upzoning

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

Posted in City Hall, Density, Politics, Trees, parks, and open space, Upzoning

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

Posted in City Hall, Density, Gentrification, Housing Preservation, Neighborhoods, Upzoning

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

Posted in Affordable Housing, Density, Displacement, Housing Preservation, Upzoning

Amazon spheres: new Seattle icon or glorified food court

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

Posted in City Hall, Density, Humor, Neighborhoods, Politics, Upzoning

How Columbia City (and Seattle) became richer and whiter

The Tenants Union’s Violet Lavatai talks about displacement, gentrification and growing up in the Rainier Valley By Cliff Cawthon, Contributing Writer While walking along in Columbia City’s business district, I noticed and shuddered at the installation of paid-parking zones. My … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Cliff Cawthon articles, Displacement, Gentrification, Homelessness, Neighborhoods, Politics, racial justice, Upzoning

The good, bad and ugly: a look back at Seattle politics in 2017 and towards an uncertain future for 2018

by Carolee Colter and John V. Fox, reprinted from our January column appearing monthly in City Living and other Pacific Publishing newspapers  They were the best of times; they were the worst of times. Okay, looking back over the last … Continue reading

Posted in City Hall, Displacement, Housing Preservation, racial justice, Upzoning

Art, activism and Vanishing Seattle

Cynthia Brothers reflects on the politics of art and the art of politics by George Howland Jr, Contributing Writer Cynthia Brothers, 36, is an artist and an activist. The main outlet for her art is Vanishing Seattle, a social media … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Density, Displacement, Gentrification, George Howland articles, Housing Preservation, Neighborhoods, Politics, Protest, racial justice, Upzoning