An edited version of this statement was given by Alex Pedersen on February 12, 2018 at the District 4 public hearing on Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA). It is are shared here with permission. Good evening. Thank you, City Councilmembers, for travelling from City Hall to our neighborhood to have this public hearing tonight. My name … Continue reading Former Mayor Ed Murray’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda falls short on both affordability and livability. We can do better.
Below is an excerpt from the February 14, 2018 Seattle Times (for the full article click here). Written by Claudia Newman and David Bricklin, attorneys who are representing Seattle Coalition for Affordability Livability and Equity (SCALE) in the hearing examiner appeal of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the citywide implementation of the Mandatory Housing … Continue reading The Seattle Times Opinion: “All of Seattle’s neighborhoods deserve a say in upzoning upheaval”
There have been both facts and misrepresentations of why the Seattle Coalition for Affordability, Livability & Equity (SCALE) is appealing the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) in various media outlets. To set the record straight, we are unequivocally not “slow-growthers” or that tired slur “NIMBY’s.” These bullying phrases are used by special interest groups to … Continue reading Appealing Upzones?
The following comments were given by Julie McCleery on February 12, 2018 at the District 4 public hearing on MHA. They are shared here with permission. Thank you for your time. I think it’s important to note that one could be for increased density and still against this particular proposal. I am against this legislation … Continue reading One can support density and still be against the MHA upzone proposal
Jon Fox points out one of the fatal flaws of the city's MHA program. In order to produce affordable housing you have to destroy it. To read the full article, click on this link: Historic Sheridan building faces demolition; ‘HALA’ mandatory housing program removes developer’s obligation to replace 56 affordable downtown units To learn about … Continue reading Jon Fox points out one fatal flaw of City’s affordable housing plan
Excerpt from the Seattle Times op ed written by Seattle Fair Growth board member Susanna Lin: "The city has produced a biased study that does not honestly or accurately assess the impacts of those zoning changes on displacement, the loss of tree canopy, school capacity, historic and cultural resources, transportation, small businesses and infrastructure. The … Continue reading Seattle Times op ed “Don’t believe HALA upzone hype”
"Susanna Lin, of the Seattle Fair Growth association, lives in the Wallingford district, recently invaded by developers. She said: 'You can't just let the developers build and build and build, and not also build schools, and not also invest in transit, and not also invest in sewers, in roads, in fire protection." For the full … Continue reading Seattle Fair Growth mentioned in the French publication Le Monde diplomatique…
It's on folks. Proud to be part of a coalition of over two dozen diverse neighborhoods and groups appealing MHA EIS. More at seattlefairgrowth.org http://ow.ly/V2Iq30gSz2J
by Jon Lisbin A recent article in crosscut debated how "Amazon earned Seattle's Scorn - and whether it's deserved." I personally think this is all about relationship building. If the city wants to work cooperatively with Amazon both parties must form a better relationship. One based on mutual trust. Amazon isn't a cold edifice. At … Continue reading The Amazon Debate
**Ballots due November 7th** Seattle does not need more developer-funded elected officials in City Hall. Seattle Fair Growth recommends the following candidates for City Council: Vote: Jon Grant, City Council position 8 Jon Grant is a housing advocate and grass roots organizer. He is not taking any campaign contributions from developers or CEOs. He is advocating … Continue reading Get out the vote!