Unhappy property owner Yes, we have an improving economy, and yes, real-estate prices are rising. [“Budget reflects McGinn’s priorities,” NW Tuesday, Sept. 24.] Whatever methods the city is using to raise real-estate taxes, they are blunt axes for many of us. The real-estate taxes on our Queen Anne condominium have been raised substantially for two years…More
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Unsightly, cramped In a recent editorial, The Times repeated claims that density is good for Seattle because it “creates more vibrant, walkable neighborhoods.” [“How to build denser Seattle neighborhoods,” Opinion, Sept. 9.] Well, I beg to differ. Seattle’s vibrancy is not enhanced by the current policy of blindly permitting “density” housing no matter how it looks,…More
Ideas for city improvement Seattle mayoral candidates: Where is Seattle’s vision? Seattle could be improved in many ways. The present mayor’s vision for Seattle has been limited to improved bicycle features and seawall repair. The new candidates have said little about how Seattle can be improved. Here are some ideas: Upgrade the waterfront to attract more people to…More
Humanity is in a dark place Standing upon the current metal and stone monument named Mount Baker Ridge Viewpoint, Gabriel Campanario missed a journalistic opportunity to ask what came before. [“Seattle Sketcher: Mount Baker viewpoint lets you find your place in the universe,” NW Saturday, June 22.] More than a dozen trees were cut down and natural…More
Marathon was costly corporate event The Times’ coverage of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon was missing the point. [“Police ramp up security for rock marathon,” page one, June 21.] This was an event sponsored by a for-profit, San Diego-based, multinational corporation (Competitors Group, Inc.), and it appears to be subsidized by taxpayers. How much are taxpayers…More