To add to the conversation re density and apartments along Aurora:
The population of the region is predicted to * DOUBLE * what its population was in 1993.
Where will all those people go?
Unless Seattle allows itself to get much more dense, those people will fill the Puget Sound lowlands with sprawl, necessitating more driving, wider roads, and more freeways, destroying forests and farmland ... it will destroy the PNW ecosystem with all its
features that we love.
Seattle's urban villages were created in the late 1990's, relegating most new density to them.
Since then, Seattle has allowed only a minimal amount of additional density, mainly in the existing urban villages and along major arterials like Aurora - that
is a drop in the bucket compared to the need.
As a result, the economics of supply and demand take over ... the increasing demand and limited supply is driving housing costs through the roof. It is destroying the dreams of many ... and is forcing more people to the suburbs and exburbs, forcing the needs
for auto transportation, creating additional pollution, and preventing the density needed to sustain good mass transportation systems.
I welcome apartment buildings like this and advocate for more .. both in urban villages, along arterials, and more importantly, throughout all the exclusionary residential zoned areas of the city.
The end design of this project may or may not be questionable, but at least it's supplying housing.
The biggest problem in my eyes is that our current paradigms don't provide for enough planting and green space. Dense buildings can be designed with more planting; our streets like Aurora could be designed with wider sidewalks and more trees (yup, that means
giving less space to traffic); more parks, plazas, and public spaces can be created.