It seems to me that West Seattle has become invisible to the rest of the city. Or are we just the second class citizen neighborhood? Maybe we're simply pushovers? Easy targets? Why else would our fine neighborhood be allowed to fall victim to roughshod developers?
We put our faith in city government, believing they would, at least, keep West Seattle's best interests on the table (when making decisions about city development and planning). But we have sadly been foresaken by our elected leaders. They have swept the best interests of West Seattle completely off the table and onto the floor. What's left on the table, instead, is a pile of greed.
If we don't take swift and decisive action -- we are basically bending over and taking it in the you know what.
Have you driven around West Seattle recently and seen what all the cranes are up too? Have you noticed the "proposed land action" signs that have popped up EVERYWHERE? Have you driven across the bridge during commute time? Have you noticed that free parking is starting to become a thing of the past, in West Seattle? I often wonder how many condos and apartments the area can sustain -- and that frightens me because I am CERTAIN that nobody can answer that question and I'm fairly certain nobody who is in the development business, is actually working on answering this question. Most likely, however, there is someone who is working to NOT answer the "how many is too many" question.
It is my opinion that West Seattle needs to have infrasturcture in place before any additional mega-developments are begun. We can't stop growth, but we need to grow in an orderly fashion. Too much growth is a bad thing. Unplanned growth is a dangerous thing. We are heading toward the danger zone in West Seattle.
If you want to really become educated and do your part as a responsible citizen -- take a look into the following links and decide for yourself what needs to be done:
West Seattle Transportation Commission
West Seattle Green Space Coalition