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I say MORE high priced condos and apartments instead!!
. SLU was an industrial part of the city. It has nothing to do with tearing down old amenities in favor of glitzy new ones for out of towners. FWIW, consider this school the first target for a privatized "charter" school, once the paint dries.
"Paul Allen had loaned the Commons measure $20 million to buy land within the proposed park's boundary and promised late in the campaign that if the levy passed his loan would be forgiven."
(See Melissa Westbrook and Co's Save Seattle Schools blog for full details.)
Are those imagined children of the future traveling further?
If that is the problem "we" are trying to solve then shouldn't "we" solve that in more than one neighborhood?
Do any of the professionals living in one bedroom condos in South Lake Union have any kids?
@15 yes. It's what happens when you have sex.
Like I said...
If that can't be achieved, the next best thing would be to secure the $30 million or so necessary to convert the old Magnolia School into a magnet STEM elementary and run a circulator bus to South Lake Union and downtown.
But the thing that CAN'T happen is to hold up $32M of capital money for a new elementary that may or may not have enough students to open it. (You notice how that information is left out of every story.)
It can't happen because we have many buildings in SPS that are in poor condition or over-crowded or both. We need to help existing schools before we thinking about building for downtown interests.
In Feb. 2013 Seattle Schools will likely be asking for nearly $1B (that's billion) in taxes from Seattle voters. (This is between the capital levy and the operations levy.) They need everyone to support this vote for it to pass. It won't pass if they do not focus on getting done what needs to get done today rather than holding up money on a "maybe" elementary.
Is there an upward trend in these numbers? If so, what future projections can be made?
Or is this all just wishful thinking based on a City Hall policy desire for children to be included in the downtown population some time in the future?