Retake the right-of-way policy

Excerpts I wrote for mayoral candidate Andrew Grant Houston: …Right-of-ways—usually that random grassy space typically between a sidewalk edge and the curb all the way to the same thing on the other side of the street—take up 26% of Seattle’s land. A quarter! Most of it isn’t space taken up for people, it’s space weContinue reading “Retake the right-of-way policy”

Most things are made, but for whom?

People typically accept things as they are. When we see a road, a home, a park, a restroom, we don’t wonder why they’re there—or think about why they’re not. This is particularly true when we lack the cultural and historical knowledge of oppression embedded in our lives to ask why.  Looking deeper, nearly everything aroundContinue reading “Most things are made, but for whom?”

King County Transportation Benefit Districts Testimony

My testimony spoken to the King County Council’s Mobility & Environment Committee in February 2020 on behalf of the Sierra Club Washington State Chapter: “Hello, my name is Kelsey Hamlin. I’m here today representing Sierra Club Washington to talk about the Transportation Benefit Districts with you all as you start that conversation. I was actuallyContinue reading “King County Transportation Benefit Districts Testimony”

Recap: Seattle’s recent moves on building electrification in a Green New Deal

By Kelsey Hamlin, Volunteer Outreach & Development Coordinator Two weeks ago, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan released an Executive Order (EO) outlining the city’s next steps in implementing a Seattle Green New Deal (SGND). You can find our response to the news in our Jan. 8 press release. Of particular interest: Mayor Durkan committed all new cityContinue reading “Recap: Seattle’s recent moves on building electrification in a Green New Deal”

Seattle Neighbors Project Lead

Seattle Neighbors makes housing personal, with the goal of assisting the narrative for more homes, of all shapes and sizes, for all our neighbors. As project lead, I photograph, compile and create graphics and video teasers, find, interview, and photograph relevant individuals, write, edit, and do website formatting for Seattle Neighbors. This means shareable contentContinue reading “Seattle Neighbors Project Lead”

HFS revises master plan

McMahon could be repurposed. The 2012 reconstruction of Terry and Lander Halls was just the first step in the UW’s Housing Master Plan (HMP), a step-by-step project with a total budget of almost $850 million, projected to be completed in 2020. Housing & Food Services (HFS) is now launching phase one of the north campusContinue reading “HFS revises master plan”