...But plenty of Village Idiots?
This article contains just enough wisdom, thinking parallel to my own, and concern for a city that I also love, to make it worth reading. But too may wild swings to prevent it from really connecting.
On the one hand Knute Berger berates our Mayor for encouraging a dense city. Then he berates the Mayor for not paying enough attention to making Seattle pedestrian-friendly. There is a disconnect there -- while I would be the first to agree that density per se does not make a pedestrian-friendly place, by the same token it doesn't hurt. And generally a certain amount of density is associated in fact (not as causality but as result) with interesting urban places.
Then Knute berates "density freaks" for ignoring families and for somehow making Seattle unfriendly to children.
But it's not density freaks nor the Mayor who make ordinary single-family houses in Wallingford (a middle-class Seattle neighborhood) worth +$400 k but the fact that no one really wants to keep housing affordable. Or knows how.
The Mayor may well have his priorities askew but Knute doesn't really home-in -- so far as I can tell -- to uncover what ails Seattle. It's good to see that The Seattle Weekly is paying attention to these issues; I wish they'd pay just a bit more attention and offer a little more sophisticated story than attacking "urban sophisticates."