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Re: “You're Not an Environmentalist If You're Also a NIMBY

Manhattan's density is 95,000 people per square mile--not 65,000. Check the Census figures.

Also, I'm in Seattle, and I don't know of any place where we have 75 foot height limits. We have a few 65 foot limits and a couple 85s. The downtown zone of course has high limits, and they're poised to raise them in the redeveloping South Lake Union area to about 400 feet. But 65% of Seattle's land is zoned for single-family houses, and density is an extreme bogeyman here. It's far too sparse. Note that we're only opening our first rail line this weekend, and many of our bus lines run quite infrequently. My 5 mile commute can take over an hour on two buses. We've got just over 600,000 people in an area that could and should easily house a million. With rising gas prices, overly low height limits in inner cities make housing less affordable because there simply aren't enough theoretical homes the zoning allows to be built. Furthermore, your politician who wants to force tall buildings to provide more parking is undercutting his own affordable housing goal. Parking is expensive and can raise the price of a home by $40,000. In a dense area, it's easier to walk, bike, and take transit to the places you need to go, and less likely that you need a car to begin with. That's the whole point. Requiring MORE parking rather than less (like San Francisco) is awful policy for both the environment and affordable housing.

Posted by Jon Morgan on 07/13/2009 at 3:13 PM

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