Neighborhood challenge to MHA upzones is not over

State Growth Management Hearing Board to hear citizen’s appeal Tuesday November 5th Posted on November 4, 2019 by John V. Fox Room 1610 Seattle Municipal Tower, 9AM-4PM (PST): A decision favoring SCALE representing over two dozen neighborhood and housing groups would overturn Seattle’s city-wide MHA upzones implemented earlier this year Battle isn’t over: Neighborhoods appeal … Continue reading Neighborhood challenge to MHA upzones is not over

Shaun Scott’s vendetta against single family housing – where 60 percent of all Seattleites live

Posted on October 23, 2019 by John V. Fox Scott suggests you’re racist if you don’t want to abolish single-family zoning: does that mean 88,000 people renting one in Seattle are racist (28 percent of renters) and 29 percent of all African-Americans? South of Othello between 46th S and 48th S : All lots shown … Continue reading Shaun Scott’s vendetta against single family housing – where 60 percent of all Seattleites live

GMA Hearing Board last July overturned Olympia’s “missing middle” upzone plan

The decision was a victory of neighborhood groups in Olympia effectively striking down that city’s upzone plan – does it portend the fate of Seattle’s massive MHA upzone plan? Posted on November 4, 2019 by John V. Fox Map of affected Olympia neighborhoods: source city of Olympia Olympia’s “missing middle” ordinance allows more multifamily housing—duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, accessory … Continue reading GMA Hearing Board last July overturned Olympia’s “missing middle” upzone plan

Defend Your Neighborhood; Support the MHA Appeal

Dear Neighbor, Last year, Seattle Fair Growth helped form the Seattle Coalition for Affordability, Livability & Equity (SCALE) in filing an Appeal of the MHA Final EIS. The City’s “Grand Bargain” fails at increasing affordable housing, accelerates displacement of residents, and does nothing for livability. This city-wide volunteer coalition of community organizations has raised over … Continue reading Defend Your Neighborhood; Support the MHA Appeal

Hearing on appeal of Seattle’s MHA upzone plan by 29 community groups begins this Monday, June 25th 9am (Location: City Hearing Examiner Room 4009 Seattle Municipal Tower)

by Susanna Lin and John Fox Lawyers for 29 neighborhood groups will convene in Hearing Room 4009 (40th Floor) of the Seattle Municipal Tower, 9am Monday June 25th, to tell the City Hearing Examiner why the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the City’s massive "MHA" upzone plan must be redone.  This unprecedented coalition of groups … Continue reading Hearing on appeal of Seattle’s MHA upzone plan by 29 community groups begins this Monday, June 25th 9am (Location: City Hearing Examiner Room 4009 Seattle Municipal Tower)

Developers should not be exempt in new ordinance to protect Seattle’s trees 

by Steve Zemke and Susanna Lin Look around at any development site in Seattle, and you will usually find it clear cut of any trees or vegetation that used to be there. Given the record breaking development boom we are experiencing, and the City Council preparing to add more density with upzones across Seattle, and … Continue reading Developers should not be exempt in new ordinance to protect Seattle’s trees 

You tell me this filthy choking air is progress, that your steel and glass boxes are better than each tree, happy, green, full of life

Poem for May 16th by James A. Stansberry From the many tribes singing in my blood I come and I say, you are the same people who brought trinkets, worthless then, less now to bargain, we would have simply welcomed you to our land, but, you could not hear it singing then, cannot hear it … Continue reading You tell me this filthy choking air is progress, that your steel and glass boxes are better than each tree, happy, green, full of life