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Northgate / Lake City area needs something like this so bad.
Oh, for fuck sake. So now the enemy is home owners/ownership? Not developers, property management groups, investment banks, an explosion of high income earners with extreme population growth in a constrained geography?
No. The enemy are people who "own" homes. IE: normal people.
Jesus Christ. Gee, Dave you ever want to own a home? Well. I guess that aggressive act will transmogrify you into "the enemy."
In order to reap the rewards we have to SELL our homes, dumbfuck. Which means putting that land on the market for development.
Fun fact: it doesn't matter whether NIMBYs are on the other side of 35th; they will drive to your public meetings and spew their bullshit.
@13: homeowners standing to profit is very much a reality. One of the main reasons people are told to buy is to build equity (as opposed to just "wasting" money on rents). A home is viewed as a retirement nest egg. A home is typically backed by a huge loan, and being underwater on that loan due to lowered home values can be an incredibly bad situation for a homeowner. So while homeowners probably aren't thinking "sweet, I made $100k this year on my home value!" (unless they're planning on selling very soon).. they ARE regularly thinking about how to maintain or raise the value of their home with the idea that it will fund their retirement or allow moving without owing money to the bank.
I have people that have never owned a home say to me "your place is worth double what you paid 8 years ago, you should sell!" And what, move to Kansas City and burn through through my windfall in 5 years?
" Ballardized "...was a cool place to hang out but yuppie utopia and twink life styles and sissy millienails are here and here to stay ! Northgate Mall is not worth crying over and not the best Mall even if it's historic origin be the first Mall in the USA built , Ballard was a great town and now all frigged up and don't have to explain how that happen and now happening here and there is no such thing as affordable housing in room town buddy thanks to genifacation of Greedy Liberal fake millionaires like Jeff Bozo (Bezos) of Amazon and that old pop corn fart " Paul Allen " also changed Seattle to a cess pool of idiot smart boys and girls liberal caliphat of not a very Americana life and happiness and inequality for all blue collar to white collar.....So I guess being from Middle America is a crime , actually you in Seattle in The last 8 + years invited this mess along with pushing average people from " Middle America " out of Seattle and North king county ! As for me I am going back to Middle America cause Seattle western Washington is not part of the USA...Las Vegas here I come wooooo hoooooo !
The plan is fucked up from the get go. In a city where it rains about 7 months of the year, where there are more demographics other than the 18-30 demographic, it's insane (and unbelievably short-sighted) to expect that people won't need to drive to and park at Northgate.
This will be true especially if those young techies being drawn to Seattle today begin to age in place (a 50 year-old with wrecked knees from a bad bike fall in his 20s is likely going to need to drive, not bike or stand out in cold rain for 30 minutes or more waiting for a bus or train).
The plan is meant solely to maximize revenue for developers and property managers.
I remember back in the 90s when a couple of major department store chains (Macy's for one) announced they would stop carrying larger sizes and clothes meant for more mature shoppers because they wanted stores to attract young, hip customers. They didn't want housewives and Dads seen shopping at their stores. They believed those shoppers scared away the kids who were primed to spend big on clothes. Karma is a bitch and I love that these same stores are now struggling to survive and wondering why that strategy is no longer working.
Well, Millennials aren't the fashion victim, clothes horses that previous generations were at the same age. Stores are marketing to a demographic that today doesn't give all that much of a rat's ass about clothes for the most part. They care more about and spend their disposable incomes on devices, connectivity, and experiences, not over-priced clothes. Meanwhile, retailers have done nothing to attract back to their stores those mature customers they disdained and shooed away. They brought a lot of their current woes on themselves.
Something Seattle desperately needs! Especially close to transit stops