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Welcome to the world you helped create. Yum!
you're excused! anyone who spends as much time railing against WHORES as you do is no one I want to get in the way of. my bad!
Rent cost is controlled by many factors, not just density. Sometimes in only has to do with whether it is a white neighborhood or a minority area.
That seems to be what the market dictates. Even if you get rid of parking requirements, it will still look like shit, because with a few notable exceptions, most of the people doing development of this scale in Seattle, don't do good stuff. Honestly, I"m not even sure if it is possible for developers like this to do a good job.
Once you are developing at this scale, you're dealing with lowest common denominator stuff. I don't believe that anything is going to change that reality significantly.
If you want more in-fill and density, thse people are going to be involved. It's the deal with the devil. If you don't like living in that, it's time to leave and contribute your energy somewhere else where it can still do some good.
More than anything, additional regulation in this area will probably mostly accomplish unintended consequences that make it harder for creative people to do something cool in a neighborhood that could really use a little bit of new energy, investment, and TLC.
Some of the incumbents in these neighborhoods will probably push-back and be just as unhappy as certain people in CH are about Bauhaus. It won't be fair. People with more money, etc. will be dictating the fate of things.
But that seems to be how our system works, and seems to be very resistant to change. Even well intentioned regulations often seem to have a way of snapping back to bite people.
Seattle is a big city with a lot of awesome neighborhoods.
Stop whining. Have a little vision. Bring your energy and creativity out of Capitol Hill and into them.
In 1979, the Seattle Times evidently said of Fremont that there "was nothing there but empty lots and weird junk stores" or something like that. Think about how much has changed there in 32 years.
Think about how much Georgetown has changed in the last 10-15 years. Imagine how much more it could be energized and revitalized if some of the people whining here decided to focus that energy on starting more businesses there, living there, or just choosing to hang out there more regularly. The same is true of Columbia City, Beacon Hill, White Center, Belltown, and many other places.
These places are in the phase where they desperately need as much good energy and attention as they can get. They're also places where the scale is still small enough that individual energy can really contribute something significant to a neighborhood (Belltown perhaps less so than some of the other places).
Look at Full Tilt Ice Cream in White Center. That might be one of the single most important small businesses in the entire region. There are probably 4-5 other small businesses on that strip in White Center that don't exist if those people hadn't seen Full Tilt there and been inspired to try to do the same. I know for a fact that Full Tilt was one of the things that inspired the Proletariat Pizza folks to open their shop in that neighborhood (the neighborhood where they live).
Yes, Full Tilt and Proletariat are interloping hipster leaning businesses. But they also serve previously unmet needs in the neighborhood. And they do it well. They aren't just filled with hipsters. Everyone likes pizza and ice cream. Most people prefer these items when they are made with skill and care. No wonder these businesses do well with everybody.
Think about the stones it took to open that Full Tilt store there. Most people wouldn't have had the vision or the courage. But once somebody does and shows it can be done, then other people get inspired too.
Wouldn't you rather be one of these people than some complainer dude up on Capitol Hill?
If these neighborhoods get popular over the next 10-20 years, they'll be ruined someday too. But right now, there's still a lot of meat on the bone. You could actually be a part of the ascendance of something instead of presiding over a slow and painful death.
That just seems like a no brainer to me.
It's funny though, that they still push home ownership onto people with Section 8. They nevertheless want you to buy a home. I am happy to rent a one bedroom apartment in an old building. I have Asperger's Syndrome and dont really like the idea of owning a home, a car, or shoveling snow out from under said car. When I step out the door of my building, a morning after a nightly snow storm, the city has already plowed the sidewalk. For me it just makes more sense, as I am unlikely to marry or have children, and home ownership would undoubtedly isolate me and cause me to lose my mind.
US-2 may be improved to Interstate Standards soon with all the growth along the 2 corridor in North Dakota and Montana, and if it is it seems likely that it will be rerouted down 522 to take advantage of the already built sections of freeway from Woodinville to Monroe. It will likely end up running through both U-District and Lake city en route to Downtown, so there will be plenty of demand for new development there.
And does Seattle REALLY need a new sports arena? How is everybody going to get there with the current traffic mess?
@104: I don't go back quite as far as you do, but I, too, was born in this city and it is sad about the development run amok.
I don't feel like I know Seattle anymore.
Didn't think so.
The GMA does very little to protect actual wild land and everything to keep underutilized human developed land underutilized. Seattle grew naturally, with dreams and businesses, and now, since 1994 (not long after Kobain took one to the head), everything is controlled by a central government with no concern for the Mischelstein. They WILL artificially inflate the value of the land neighborhoods sit on TO DEATH. Why? To help their friends, that's why.
Progressives BELIEVE in progress at any cost. Why are you at all surprised that Seattle has been sold down the river by this "high-density green leaving" utopian fantasy?
Only, I would make sure you build something good and be organized, rather than haphazardly taking down this or that building and throwing up just any old stack of blocks. You might instead make this into a broader citywide plan, complete with public transportation built in, a new city, rather than selling out to big-box stores.
Where to get the money to do this? Maybe the USA should stop spending so much money on its military budget and fighting wars overseas and invest in infrastructural improvements.