Writing about city council member Nick Licata's last-minute proposal to keep maximum heights on the three blocks adjacent to Roosevelt High School at 40 feet, rather than the 65 feet most council members have indicated they support, Roger Valdez argues on Seattle Transit Blog that keeping heights low will lead to continued blight on the so-called "high school blocks." Those blocks are largely owned by controversial landlord Hugh Sisley, who owns numerous blighted single-family houses on the blocks.
Licata, Valdez notes, makes the case for lower heights in an email that
quot[es] a resident opposed to 65 feet:Another resident amplifying a national theme wrote: “It feels as though we are being strong-armed here and that democracy has been spurned. This smacks of the national problem of the one percent exerting its will over the 99 percent.”
So for Licata, it all comes down to the 99 percent. Somehow the entitled single family homeowners are the downtrodden 99 percent, while the people that would move into apartments in the redeveloped properties don’t matter.
Read Valdez's whole post here