I've been pondering the ideas in my earlier post If you truly believe that neighbors should have a decisive role in what gets built... And I made one mistake: I didn't frame the proposal as an answer to the question "Why do so many people hate growth and change in their neighborhood?"
The answer is of course fairly simple: people resist change (in terms of specific new construction in their own immediate neighborhood) because they don't feel that they have any direct stake in it i.e. they don't perceive that they gain anything.
Give them something tangible such as likely increase in property value or cash.
It's hard to do that with proposals which are already zoned to allow, say, multi-family housing "as-of-right" and comply with the Code.
So we are stuck with endless fruitless conflict over proposals which are (in theory) in compliance with the law.
(Query -- why do we have proposals which comply with the Code and take a year to get approved? Answer: we really don't have "as-of-right" zoning in Seattle. We have let's-make-a-deal proposals for an entitlement to build.)
Anyway, want more construction? Give neighbors a tangible stake in new construction,