Tag: low-income housing

Urban Politics #299: Smart & Equitable Growth and New Legislation

September 17th, 2010

Equitable development creates healthy communities of opportunity. Equitable outcomes come about when intentional strategies are put in place to ensure that low-income communities and communities of color participate in and benefit from decisions that shape their neighborhoods. With the economic recession and the Obama administration support for equitable development principles, communities are organizing to use recovery dollars to promote communities that empower those who have been hurt first and worst.

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Urban Politics #298: Social Equity and Urban Growth

September 13th, 2010

On Monday evening, Monday September 20, 2010, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., I will host an event called Can We Achieve Social Equity Using Smart Growth? It will be held in the Seattle City Council Chambers located on the Second floor of City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, in downtown Seattle.

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Urban Politics #192: Seattle’s Homeland Security Costs

March 7th, 2005

City taxpayers and ratepayers funded over half total costs at $45.5 million, or 53% of the total homeland security funding. Consequently, the City relied on significant contributions from its General, Operating, and Capital Improvement (CIP) funds for these security activities. The balance of approximately 47% of the total funding for homeland security activities came from grant sources.

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Urban Politics #174: Multi-Family Tax Exemption Ordinance

February 16th, 2004

This program was created in 1998, during my first year on the Council. It was intended to be an experimental 4-year program providing a ten-year property tax exemption for new housing development located in specific neighborhoods that needed more housing.

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Urban Politics #163: SHA Changes Rules

September 11th, 2003

After nearly a year the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA), working with the Seattle Senior Housing Program (SSHP) Advisory Committee, will adopt new policies aimed at cutting program costs and moving to a tiered rent structure in an effort to guarantee future access to the SSHP for low-income seniors. This is a victory for the seniors who live in this SHA program since 75% of them are at 30% or below of median income.

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Urban Politics #138: Creating Space For Artists

September 26th, 2002

For some time now many of Seattle’s blue collar workers who traditionally lived and worked in downtown and other close-in neighborhoods have been pushed out of the City by high rents. People, who work in the arts industry, including artists, comprise a significant portion of these displaced workers. A new nation-wide study by Americans For The Arts reports that in 2000 $134 billion was produced in total economic arts activity in the U.S. This activity generated 4.8 million full-time equivalent jobs, $89.4 billion in household income, and $6.6 billion in local government tax revenues. Ironically, most workers in the arts can no longer afford to live in the urban areas to which their activities initially brought economic viability.

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Urban Politics #133: Housing Levy Vote

June 20th, 2002

The $59.2 million Housing Levy adopted by the voters in 1995 has provided a major source of funding for affordable housing in the City, particularly for low-income households. The 1995 Housing Levy ends this year. The Council had committed to putting a new Housing Levy measure on the ballot in 2002.

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Urban Politics #109: A Roundtable Discussion On Artists’ Spaces

May 20th, 2001

Join me this Tuesday, May 22, 2001,from 10:30AM to 12:00 PM at The Dome Room in the Arctic Building, 700 3rd Ave, at 3rd Ave & Cherry Street. (enter through the side entrance, off Cherry Street) for a discussion on artists’ spaces.

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Urban Politics #69: Spending Money On SHA’s Rainier Vista

August 16th, 1999

I’ve joined City Council Member Peter Steinbrueck, County Council Member Larry Gossett, and State Representative Velma Veloria in opposing the Seattle Housing Authority’s (SHA) proposal to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for $135 million in HOPE VI dollars to redevelop its Rainier Vista garden community. The 37th District Democrats and King County Democrats have also passed resolutions to send a letter to HUD about their reservations as well. Here is a summary of the concerns raised.

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Urban Politics #63: Announcing UP Index On The Web

May 13th, 1999

For those of you who want to track issues that I have been writing about in Urban Politics, we now have a UP subject index posted on the web. There’s a link to it here. All of the past issues of UP are listed with the exception of UP #1, which probably less than 200 people received. This was my first attempt (in September 1996) at communicating with citizens through the internet and it may not even labeled as UP Issue #1. It dealt the City’s transfer of the Freeway Park Garage to the Washington State Convention Center. If anyone has a copy of it, please let me know. I’d like to add it to our index. Thank you.

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