Creek (Seattle) Housing Project Will Restore Creek
The residents of Seattle are hoping to make an urban redevelopment site
even better. With a few tweaks, the Thornton Creek project -- which combines shopping, job
opportunities and living space -- could become an exciting model for other smart-growth
The development plans call for building new housing adjacent to an existing mall, which
will be renovated. A library and community center are also planned. When built, the
project will provide people with access to jobs and shops without having to drive. In
addition, light rail is slated to be built in the near future, giving residents easy
pedestrian access to transit.
If carried out as the local community proposes, Thornton Creek could benefit the
environment and local residents. Under the community plan, the city of Seattle would have
the chance to restore a creek currently buried under a parking lot and reconnect it with
local wetlands. In addition to providing a large parcel of open space, the restoration of
the creek would aid a struggling population of endangered salmon.
and Redmond Ridge Projects Huge Development Trashes Growth Limit
What do timber companies do with land that they've logged? In an
unincorporated portion of King County near Redmond, they're trying to turn it into a
4-square-mile development. But current residents argue that Washington State's
urban-growth law protects the area from the massive project envisioned by the developers.
Residents of this largely rural area started questioning county land-use decisions
after the size of the proposed development was revealed. Quadrant, a Weyerhauser
subsidiary, is pushing to build 3,950 homes on 2,000 acres outside of King County's
urban-growth limit. Those who live nearby are worried about the project's impacts on local
roads, and fear this development will encourage more suburban sprawl in the area.
After winning a recent battle in which the court ruled that classification of the land
must be better justified, opponents of the project hope to eventually put an end to such
poorly planned development.