How Seattle’s Neighborhood Plans were designed to inhibit inclusive neighborhoods (pt 2)

‘Yet the Neighborhood Planning Program has its origins in NIMBYism. The city began the program after residents of wealthier, single-family neighborhoods reacted against an earlier proposal by then Mayor Norman Rice, the city’s first black mayor, to create “Urban Villages” in various city neighborhoods by changing zoning codes to allow greater housing density and pedestrian-oriented development. The proposal called for developing more affordable multifamily housing throughout the city, including in wealthier single-family neighborhoods.’

Wallingford Urban Village (shaded) and catchment boundary (dashed line)
greenwood urban village’s disappearing act
existing non-conforming multifamily housing in a Queen Anne neighborhood
Vienna’s brownfield redev Seestadt Aspern, w/ 6 story buildings 3/4 of a mile from the U-bahn
2008 UW review of Neighborhood Plans

‘Other plans within the sector focus less attention on affordable housing issues and offer few tactics to address rising housing costs, despite vision statements that explicitly aim for a diversity of residents of all income levels’

‘…the City should encourage higher density residential development where it is consistent with neighborhood plans and the urban village strategy. The City should also continue to pursue creative lower density housing choices such as cottage housing and detached accessory dwelling units in urban villages and where neighborhoods have expressed acceptance of such housing.’



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