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Weekend Numbers

By Morning Fizz June 6, 2011

1. 350

The inadequate increase in housing units expected from the Department of Planning and Development's plan to up density around the planned Roosevelt light rail station, according to  a letter sent to DPD by a number of neighborhood residents and density proponents last week.

We've reported before on the Roosevelt neighborhood's status as a pro-density outlier when it comes to building housing around transit stations (unlike their counterparts in places like Beacon Hill and Mount Baker, Roosevelt has historically welcomed new residents, more retail, and taller buildings).

On Friday, a group of Roosevelt-area neighborhood residents, transit and bike advocates, and business leaders sent a letter to Mayor Mike McGinn urging him to "take a leadership role" on a proposal to rezone the area around a planned rail station in Roosevelt---a rezone that includes a development Seattle Seattle Land Use Blog blogger Roger Valdez described as "an airport hangar."

In their letter, the group---including Cascade Bicycle Club director Chuck Ayers, Seattle Chamber of Commerce government relations VP George Allen, and several writers for Seattle Transit Blog---wrote:
The creation of transit-oriented communities supports the significant public investment in transit that will occur in Roosevelt as a result of the new station. Transit investments are most effective when combined with opportunities for more people to live, shop and work near the stations. The Planning Commission’s recent Transit Communities Report identified several communities, including Roosevelt, as areas in which more housing and infrastructure should occur to take advantage of the investment in transit. Futurewise’s Blueprint report made similar recommendations related to the Roosevelt neighborhood.

The current zoning plan as proposed by DPD constrains development in the station area, a 5-10 minute walk, to primarily single family housing, with only 2-3 blocks of additional NC-65 zoning in the neighborhood core. ... All together the current plan will only result in an increase in housing capacity of only 350 units. A majority of this increase is immediately adjacent to I-5, where Sound Transit originally proposed to build the station.

The Roosevelt community successfully lobbied Sound Transit to move the station closer to the heart of the Roosevelt neighborhood in order to create a vibrant neighborhood center. DPD’s plan does not properly increase capacity in the correct locations to take advantage of the great work accomplished by the Roosevelt community in moving the station, and the plan fails to take advantage of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to leverage the creation of a transit community in Roosevelt.

2. 400

The number of people who showed up for a labor march from Othello Park to Chase Bank downtown to protest the bank's $1.4 billion tax refund (a windfall from its purchase of WaMu.) The route passed by a foreclosed home.

Protesters delivered a letter to Chase executives calling on the bank, which made $29 billion in profits last year, to:
Commit to a community jobs fund
Provide foreclosure relief
Reduce fees it charges for delivering public assistance funds to Washingtonians
Support healthcare, education, and other critical public services in Washington

Another number: 0. The number of media that showed up.

3. $500 million

The amount of money cut from the higher ed budget. A number to keep in mind as Gov. Chris Gregoire signs a batch of higher ed bills today that allow universities to raise tuition.

4. 75

The perfect temperature in Seattle on Saturday.
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