NYT Article | Seattle, in Midst of Tech Boom, Tries to Keep its Soul
If you've lived in Seattle for any amount of time over the past five years you've watched this cultural struggle play out. The New York Times published this article yesterday. This is a conversation that comes up with nearly every client and every one of my friends. "How do we keep Seattle interesting when most are getting priced out."
“It’s not that we don’t want to be a thriving tech center — we do,” Mr. Durning said. “It’s that the San Francisco and Silicon Valley communities have gotten themselves into a trap where preservationists and local politics have basically guaranteed buying a house will cost at least $1 million. Already in Seattle, it costs half-a-million, so we’re well on our way.”
Off the top of my head, I don't have an answer. This is something I work on all the time. I am constantly working with clients to find affordable housing that fits their needs and budget. My opinion is that we need smarter density in our core neighborhoods and a huge restructuring of our transit system. Don't get me wrong, the light rail is nice, and the busses are ok, but our transit is a joke when it comes to other major cities.
The only way more neighborhoods will become affordable and viable options for most people will be when they have better transit and interconnectivity.
What are your thoughts on Seattle's current state? Let's talk about how we can make it better.