I don't know about you, but growing up in Spokane in the 90's gave me a great appreciation for gangster rap. I listened to a lot of other music too, don't get me wrong. I'm not exactly sure what the correlation is. Part if it was always feeling like you were trapped in sprawl. Part of it is most definitely the heat and the beautiful summer days. Growing up in the west, I've always had a small pull to live in Los Angles. I've been lucky enough to visit a couple times this past year, and I've visited a bunch as a kid. LA never disappoints. It's magical and overwhelming. It gets too hot and there is way too much concrete. But I love hearing people describe why they love LA so much. This is of course with the exception of Randy Newman. Check out this quick video of Ice Cube talking about why he loves LA and Charles and Ray Eames. It marries two of my favorite things Ice Cube and Mid Century Modern design, oh yeah, and LA.
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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.