Preparing Seattle for Tomorrow
As a community of neighborhoods, we have to understand how facing and overcoming the challenges of urban density will ultimately be a great net positive for our city.
We can surmount the challenges of urban density by -
Using development impact fees to help pay for schools, roads, and parks, as allowed under the state Growth Management Act.
Using zoning, tax, and transportation policies to provide jobs and housing in centers throughout the city. This would help lessen pressure on the central downtown business district and make Seattle more economically resilient.
Supporting the LID I-5 endeavor as a way to build more affordable housing and job centers, create parks and open space, and reconnect downtown and nearby neighborhoods.
Creating new workplaces outside downtown - off the beaten path - often in old historic warehouses or in distinctive new architecture.
Creating public development authorities for small manufacturing spaces such as Pelington Village in Fremont/Westlake Ave.
Changing residential zoning to allow small makerspaces in neighborhoods. The Walsh Makerspace in Fort Worth, TX, for example, is a hub of tech education learning open to the community.
Setting conditions about preservation and inclusion as part of development projects (e.g., Showbox Theatre).
Supporting neighborhood business districts and the development of arts districts and ecodistricts.
Making it easier for small business operators to acquire ownership of storefront properties. This would provide equity for people who previously faced barriers to wealth accumulation.