“Growth is a cancer” is a verbatim comment from one Seattle resident opposed to change.
But a better way to think about
- more people
- with better jobs
- being able to live near each other
YIMBYs want to share prosperity.
Here’s a roundup of local news making the point that shared prosperity is good for people and character:
Let’s try this again. First run generated lots of questions (updated 10/2/16)
“When they build homes without parking, developers create a negative externality by making street parking less convenient.”
I have heard this in one form or another dozens of times. Here is one way to respond beyond “that is not remotely accurate” (which is also true).
Council Member Johnson,
I am encouraged that Seattle’s 2035 Draft Comprehensive plan states an aspiration to be an “equitable” city. Job and wage growth in our city presents the mayor, council, and community with a rare opportunity to make progress toward this goal.
To this end, I hope you, members of the Planning and Land Use Committee, and the full Council will take into consideration the following input aimed at ensuring the plan sets the stage for a policy regime that makes the most of it.
- Evaluate whether the City’s “30% AMI” housing cost benchmark is fit for purpose to best foster equitable policy.
I am glad that the notion of becoming an “equitable” city is front-and-center in Seattle’s 2035 plan.
But I am frustrated that the conversation we are having today is stuck on “managing growth.”
That’s because I don’t think either a city’s size population or what its buildings look like is what defines “equitable.”
To me, an equitable place is one where everyone can get ahead…