It may be that Seattle is fated to become a dense urban metropolis (“like Paris or Amsterdam,” as the urbanists like to say). But if that’s the future our leaders (and their commercial backers) are choosing for us, we should understand what it looks like.
Save Madison Valley has posted the first Early Design Guidance report of a massive development in the heart of Madison Valley (around the corner from the Arboretum). The project will include 75 residential units and a parking garage with 157 spaces.
It will replace this:
Save Madison Valley enumerates various concerns caused by this scale of development, including: traffic, noise, pedestrian safety, and environmental damage caused by the destruction of a hillside to build a massive retaining wall.
Call us crazy, but this does not look like Amsterdam or Paris. This is what density looks like in Seattle, and it’s coming to every neighborhood in the city!