OPINION

OPINION: Developments in the “Red Lion” Case

OPINION: Developments in the “Red Lion” Case

By Daniel Mootz and Miguel Louis In December 2020, a group named Oly Housing Now (OHN) formed to organize the action at the Red Lion that occurred at the end of January. Days before, President Biden had signed an executive order extending FEMA’s Public Assistance Reimbursement policy to states that provide safe housing for people struggling as a result of the pandemic. On the night of Saturday, January 30, 33 homeless people, along with some community organizers, went to the Red Lion Inn and Suites on Capitol Way. They had booked 17 rooms online a few days before. The next…
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OPINION: In Support of West Bay Yards

OPINION: In Support of West Bay Yards

“A five-alarm blaze ripped through a lumber mill on the west side of Olympia early yesterday, causing an estimated $25 million to $50 million in damage and igniting piles of plywood that burned for hours.” A 1996 Seattle Times article paints a vivid picture of what would be the end of the Hardel Mutual Plywood Corporation’s mill at 1210 West Bay Drive.  And now, after twenty-five years of blight, this formerly contaminated industrial site has the potential to provide much needed multi-family housing, complete a public waterfront trail system, and be a part of a shoreline restoration envisioned collaboratively by…
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