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Seattle techies fight NIMBYs

By Patrick following x   2018 Apr 29, 3:13pm 222 views   2 comments   watch   sfw   quote     share    


https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/04/26/seattle-housing-what-works-next-218058

Part of the problem, Lubarsky admits, is people like himself: Seattle’s red-hot tech economy, led by companies such as Amazon and Groupon (where Lubarsky works), has filled the city with an army of well-paid workers bidding up the price of housing. But that tech-fueled demand has tended to overshadow the other driver: insufficient supply. Since the end of the financial crisis, Lubarsky says, Seattle has added roughly 100,000 jobs, but barely 32,000 new homes and apartment units. “We’ve underbuilt every year since 2010,” he adds. And a big part of that deficit, Lubarsky says, is due to neighborhoods like Wallingford, where zoning laws make it almost impossible to build anything other than a single-family house. ...

Predictably, the campaign has provoked a fierce backlash from homeowners, many of them baby boomers who arrived in the 1960s and '70s. They’ve sued to block the proposed “up-zones” to their neighborhoods ...


That's about as NIMBY as it gets. Very much like California.
1   FortWayne   ignore (1)   2018 Apr 29, 3:29pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Like most CA residents. I'm always all for more housing, but I just hate it when they instead build up a bunch of apartments. It destroys community really fast. Makes landlords wealthy, but the cost is the community becomes transient.

I've yet to see a proposal to build more single family housing. There is just too many investors running around trying to stack people on top of each other where ever possible.
2   TrumpingTits   ignore (0)   2018 Apr 29, 6:41pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

I'd love to see what legal basis the NIMBYs have to sue against PROPOSED zoning changes. SLAPP suits are Civil Rights violations.




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