MLK Ave. circa 2011, after passage of HB 1490
We recently wrote about House Bill 1490 , the hotly-debated, Futurewise-authored legislation that will be the

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Density in Pictures

MLK Ave. circa 2011, after passage of HB 1490
We recently wrote about House Bill 1490, the hotly-debated, Futurewise-authored legislation that will be the subject of a public meeting Sally Clark is putting together at Langston Hughes on Wednesday night. The bill would provide various protections for low-income housing, and would require that neighborhoods within a half-mile radius of transit stations be zoned to allow a net density of 50 units of housing per acre.

It's much ado about nothing, really, at least in Seattle, where the areas around every station likely meet the requirement or are just under it. But that's not stopping various folks from getting their Kemper Freeman on and disingenuously trashing the bill. For example, it would make people drive more, and "cities would be required to accommodate "densities greater than what now exists in our downtown (or anywhere else between here and San Francisco for that matter)."

Fortunately, Hugeasscity put up some pictures to show what varying levels of density look like, and 50 units per acre just isn't that dense--especially given that the higher densities on arterials will make up for the lower densities elsewhere. Not that it will calm the alarmists, of course.

 
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