by Aaron Burkhalter
Four years ago, the city of Seattle first began the process of lifting restrictions on mother-in-law apartments, basement apartments, backyard cottages and other accessory dwelling units.
These structures and housing add-ons are often known by different acronyms: ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Units) and DADUs (Detached Accessory Dwelling Units). Setting the legislative alphabet soup aside, these are basically residential structures or apartments that share space inside or on the same property as single family homes. In a city where housing is scarce and single-family homes take up a disproportionate share of the land, allowing more of these could make a difference.
Continue reading Seattle Could See More Backyard Cottages and Mother-In-Laws — What Does that Mean for Housing Affordability?
(This article was originally published on The Seattle Globalist and has been reprinted with permission.)
by Globalist Staff
Local, national and international groups are calling for support for Muslims after a terrorist attack against two mosques at Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 49 people and injuring dozens more.
Continue reading Calls for support for Muslims after terrorist attack on New Zealand mosques
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Viadoom’s lessons for an environmentally sustainable future
Activist organization Transit Riders Union has said that the closure of the Highway 99 Viaduct has shown that Seattle commuters are prepared to embrace public transit and bicycling, shifting people to a more environmentally sustainable modes of transportation.
Continue reading News Gleams: Viadoom Fizzled; Minimum Wage Had Minimal Impact on Groceries
by Aaron Burkhalter
City staffers from the Human Services Department, community members, and activists say that Mayor Jenny Durkan sidestepped the city’s own procedures and race-equity process in the appointment of Jason Johnson as the director of the Human Services Department (HSD).
Continue reading HSD Staffers, Community Seek Racial Equity In Human Services Department Director Appointment
Initiative 1000 seeks to reverse the impact Initiative 200 had in the 1990s.
by Sharayah Lane
As Carl Livingston stood behind the curtain, he took deep breaths, prayed and worked (in vain) to calm his nerves. In a few moments he, a Black man, would be going out in front of hundreds to debate a white man on the merits of Affirmative Action in the state of Washington.
Continue reading Affirmative Action Returning to Washington Ballots
by Irene Jagla
SeaTac Center, the two-story strip mall that takes up a slanted lot between 154th St and 152nd St, is a hub of commerce and culture. The shops that now occupy the location of a former casino and warehouse offer a place for East African, Latino, and Southeast Asian immigrants to gather, shop, eat, and establish their own cultural space in South King County.
Continue reading SeaTac Hub of Community and Culture Faces Displacement
by Kelsey Hamlin
Next Wednesday, Oct. 19, teachers, counselors, and other Seattle Public School District staff across the city plan on simultaneously wearing Black Lives Matter shirts to work, centering the day’s curriculum around race, civil rights history, and contextualizing current events. They will also hold a rally later that day. Continue reading Seattle Educators to Demonstrate BLM Solidarity in District-Wide Action