I could not agree more about West Seattle by the Junction, since the dealership went under that entire area looks damn nasty! Amazing how much space a car lot really does take up.
I say get rid of ALL the dealerships in Seattle!!
The main problem is that we never built the monorail out to there, so the increased transit is mostly missing in that TOD zone.
At some point we might need to at least get light rail out to there, although BRT might work in the INTERIM (not long term).
Developers are fucking up my neighborhood, tearing down charming mid-century Westside structures and replacing them with god-awful townhomes. Four such sites within three blocks of my home in this past year alone.
Until the city figures out what is going to happen with the viaduct, I say no more West Seattle construction. Traffic across the bridge already sucks enough. More people are just going to make it worse.
Well, since you're zoned for higher density, looks like your NIMBY won't stop the changes.
Know your zoning codes. Even single-family housing zones permit breaking former two lot single family one story house construction into two story duplex.
@3, not NIMBY at all, just concurrency.
(For those who don't eat land use and planning minutiae up, concurrency is a critical growth management principle that density advocates have apparently forgotten that says that, even in Seattle, you have to have the transportation (and other) infrastructure in place to support new development).
...oops, hit post too soon - last sentence should have read "...in place to support new development within 6 years of it occurring."
West Seattle really needs a Quizno's and a large Petco (RIP The Charleston)....
right on west seattle! now for some light rail over there...
Traffic across the bridge sucks because not enough people take the bus. Solution: more people take the bus (or the water taxi). Let's not road-build our way to density. (As if we could.)
@7 West Seattle needs neither a Quizno's (Husky Deli) or Petco wasting valuable community business space. They should find a building in Westwood Village or something. It's ugly in the Junction, and it'll be ugly on Charlestown.
@10: I think #7 was perhaps being facetious.
Petco is supposedly moving to a planned new building where Charlestown Cafe is currently, displacing many fans of whatever it is they serve.
And there's some rather justified fear that the only businesses who can afford the rent in these shiny new mixed use buildings are the likes of Quiznos.
I don't care if it's incorporated: if I have to cross a separated-grade bridge to get there, it's a suburb. (And no, Spokane Street doesn't count.)
@10 - It was a sarcastic joke. I do agree with you 100%.
The Charleston was a restaurant that served awesome breakfast and affordable homestyle dinners. My gf went there alot and we recently tried to go there for breakfast only to find it closed due to construction of a colossal Petco.
Correcting some of what's above in the comments ... The Charlestown is currently closed because of a fire in February; it's slated to reopen as soon as repairs are complete, a month or so. The Petco proposal for the site is dead, though some sort of redevelopment is inevitable. Our list of site categories (down the right sidebar) has a Charlestown Cafe archive as well as a development archive where you can read the latest on both topics until your eyes start to swim. We're typing as fast as we can.
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