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February 12, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Smart growth

Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times

Sound Transit light-rail trains sit on the tracks that run down Martin Luther King Jr. Way South in Seattle. Developers are interested in building near light-rail stations.

House bill 1490

Editor, The Times;

Portland got it right; Washington can too.

I was born and raised in Seattle, but I’ve also had a taste of living in Portland. Rep. Sharon Nelson, D-Maury Island., is absolutely right that Washington needs to promote the transit-oriented development Portland consciously fostered [ “Provide incentives for cities, residents to avoid sprawl,” Sharon Nelson guest column, Feb. 5].

The communities that grew around Portland’s MAX light-rail stations are forward-looking, sustainable and intelligent neighborhoods — smart growth.

With the challenges of the 21st century facing us, Washington state must work to foster the same types of communities around our new light-rail lines. We can’t wait “for haphazard growth and then [try] to fix it” because we don’t have time to mess it up.

Seattle is expecting upward of 1.3 million new residents by 2030. Allowing growth to keep sprawling outward will simply increase traffic congestion, long commutes and dependence on oil, which are already crippling our region.

Developers are already making moves to build around Sound Transit’s new light-rail stations. If they miss the mark, we all lose out.

I have already called my representatives asking them to support House Bill 1490, which

would develop smart growth. I hope everyone reading this will do the same.

— Nicole Forbes, Seattle

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