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EDGEWOOD: Be wary of high density

Letter by John F. Powers, Edgewood on March 31, 2011 at 11:57 am with 6 Comments »
March 31, 2011 11:57 am

Is Edgewood ready for five-story buildings and 48-units-an-acre or more?

Mixed uses in areas zoned for commercial and mixed-use residential will allow as many as 48 units an acre. Mixed uses in the town center zone will have no limit on the number of units per acre. Some higher-density parcels along Meridian will be extended into the neighboring residential areas.

Main Street affects the value of my home, because it signals the values of the city. I moved to Edgewood because it did not have the look and density of neighboring cities. We have to be careful who we imitate in the name of money.

What does this portend for future traffic and crime? Is this the kind of city residents want?

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  1. whatIdid says:

    All they need now is some good ol’fashioned section 8 stackers!

  2. blakeshouse says:

    Those section 8 slackers are on the way. The fine print of these social engineers plans demand it. We’ve all seen the pictures of the great apt complexes in the old Soviet Union. Right there is the plan for the soviet state of Washington comrades.

  3. whatIdid says:

    I was referring to stacking them one on top of the other… but slackers work just as well. ;)

  4. I agree with Powers.
    However, when Powers was mayor, with countless complaints both written and verbal, with full knowledge, he willfully ignored and allowed dozens of illegal construction sites that now cause flooding. Just because Hogan is doing it on a massive scale that has bankrupted the city doesn’t make Powers less of a hypocrite.

  5. Build the units the slakers will follow.

  6. lawrencejprice says:

    Let’s see you want to live in Edgewood; but don’t want the core business needed to support the idyllic setting of living in the country with the benefits of city living. Exactly how do you propose paying for that? Limited mixed core commercial core means much less or no benefits of city living. Instead you get what we already have; chip sealed roads, no sidewalks, no parks, and speed limits that encourage everyone to use the city as a short cut for I5. How does really high city property tax sound? Is it really so hard to strike a balance. When you create a city with a major highway through the middle of it, it is reasonable to expect commercial development along the highway.

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