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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.
Award-winning journalist George Howland Jr.is writing opinion pieces and local news stories for this site under his own editorial direction.
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Category Archives: Upzoning
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
Support CM Herbold’s amendment to increase developer’s affordable housing requirement in SLU and Downtown – your calls/emails to other CM’s are needed now
On Monday April 10th, 2pm a vote is scheduled: don’t let developers get away with inclusion of only 2.1 percent of their units at affordable rents – support Herbold’s amendment raising it to 5%! On Monday April 10th, 2pm the full … Continue reading
Many city leaders, the planners representing them, and pro-upzone, pro-developer interests have put communities on the defensive by reframing the debate and mischaracterizing those who stand in their way Needless to say, it’s a tried and true political technique. Repeating … Continue reading
In a recent Sightline piece, the writer tells us that the proportion of land in Seattle given exclusively to single family uses has steadily increased over nearly a century long evolution of the City’s zoning code. We are supposed to … 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