What do the neighbors say when a real estate company tries to convert a run-down single family home in Snohomish that’s been empty since 2008 into “aPodments” renting for $400 to $500 a room? Sing along, I think you know the tune by now:
But the plan is upsetting neighbors, who argue that the proposal would hurt the character of the neighborhood…
[neighbor Ardie McLean] worries that apodments chiefly attract people without any investment in the community.
To be fair, this Snohomish rooming house will be in a single family zone, whereas Seattle’s aPodments are being built in multifamily zones.
I’m strongly in favor of car-free dense housing in general in the more transit-friendly places in our state’s most transit-friendly city. But what about in the far suburbs? I’m generally not a fan of adding housing in the exurbs: they’re generally sprawled, take a large amount of resources, and require a large amount of driving both for a commute and for daily tasks. But on the other hand, I prefer to pull population toward our cities by allowing more people to live here, not by outlawing homes in the exurbs. I’m having trouble imagining who would want to live in a $500 room in Snohomish, but I don’t see any reason to block the development.
So what do you think. Exurban aPodments: for or against?