One Street in Ballard

by Jon Lisbin Where have the trees gone? Where has the neighborhood gone? What about the sense of community? But look how the developer took pains to match his building to the blue house.  Thank you city planners!

Letter to Seattle City Council – Apartment Glut; Just add Upzones

by Jon Lisbin Hello Council members, Thank you for your hard work trying to address the affordability crisis. I know you have good intentions but it’s increasing looking like the Grand Bargain is too little, too late, legally challenge-able and potentially destabilizing to the housing market.  According to the Dupre+Scott Fall 2016 Rental Market Trends, we … Continue reading Letter to Seattle City Council – Apartment Glut; Just add Upzones

Keep Seattle Livable!

The Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) program rewards developers and speculators, while Seattle residents pay the price.  This “Grand Bargain”, devised by Seattle’s Mayor and City Council, promises to destroy established communities, displace thousands of low- and middle-income residents, and reduce family-scale housing options.  Importantly, MHA doesn’t guarantee affordable housing concurrent with new development in affected … Continue reading Keep Seattle Livable!

West Seattle petition for 6-month extension on HALA

 The West Seattle Junction Neighborhood Organization, JuNO, sent a letter to City Council requesting a six month delay on the HALA draft proposal before proceeding to an Environmental Impact Study or EIS. Please see the attached letter for an outline of their concerns, which include a lack of neighborhood outreach by the city and not … Continue reading West Seattle petition for 6-month extension on HALA

In Seattle – A Side Yard or Towering Toaster Box House?

by Lisa Parriott In 2012, Dianna McLeod, a senior citizen, called the City of Seattle’s DPD and asked if her side yard was a buildable lot.  She was told no.  Immediately following, developer Dan Duffus bought her property, split the lot in 2, built and sold a towering toaster box house on the new lot … Continue reading In Seattle – A Side Yard or Towering Toaster Box House?

U District BIA Not Representative of Business/Property Owners

by Shirley Nixon: Attached is a 2015 map showing property parcels in the U District, and whether the parcel owner voted for or against expanding the U District Business Improvement Area (BIA).  If the parcel is shown in red, the owner objected to the expansion and having to pay a BIA assessment.   Blue parcels voted … Continue reading U District BIA Not Representative of Business/Property Owners