The Seattle Times published a rather surprising editorial mildly advocating for the upzone of South Lake Union:
South Lake Union is looking up. Rezoning proposals represent an opportunity that would turn other cities emerald green with envy.
Council land-use chair Richard Conlin is looking for a council vote by mid-February At this point, he sees a general consensus building around the mayor’s plans.
If the instinct is to worry about views, then keep the outlook for Seattle’s economic well-being unobstructed as well.
This is a good observation for two reasons. First, the swap is views for 1) jobs, 2) housing, and 3) social benefits like low-income housing and workforce-training facilities. Second, we should be encouraging the investment here and not elsewhere.
The other surprising bit is the mention of further transit investments:
More offices, apartments and condos provide a critical mass for further investments in public transit. All the talk could indeed turn into a people-moving reality.
This is from a group that famously advocated voters reject ST2 just four years ago. Maybe attitudes are truely changing in on Fairview and John, or maybe it’s the fact that their properties are part of the rezone, either way, it’s welcome.