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November 4, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Neighborhood transformation: Hurting longtime residents

I read, with some amusement The Seattle Times article on the tearing down of ramblers in older Bellevue neighborhoods [“Teardowns transforming Bellevue neighborhoods,” Local News, Nov. 2]. This has been going on in South Snohomish County for years. Our once peaceful neighborhood has become a hodgepodge of older ramblers and 3,000- to 4,000-square-foot homes. It is noisy and traffic-ridden.

I understand the need for housing, but city planners should also consider the impact their decisions have on the quality of life for longtime residents. Many of us can’t afford to move farther away from our jobs, but we are really starting to feel the pinch of rising property taxes due, in part, to the exorbitant cost of these new homes. It’s a lose-lose proposition for those of us who have lived here for years.

I suspect that, not too far in the future, the aging population will long for a small, single-story ramblers to accommodate their creaky knees and bad backs.

Dorothy Tobin, Bothell

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