Your Comments on the Petition

We love the comments many of you add with your signature, and we are, after all, Seattle Speaks Up. So we’ve decided to post as many of your comments as we can. There are many hundreds of them so far – so be patient with us, as it will take us some time to get them up. (We won’t publish the commenter’s name.) 

So check out what your neighbors have to say when they get a chance to give our politicians a piece of their minds:

 While I understand the importance of maintaining urban density, the goals of the modifications described in this petition–preserving green space and the residential qualities of our neighborhoods–are crucial to preserving what makes Seattle such an appealing and attractive area in which to live.
I am one of many who deliberately chose Capitol Hill as home because we didn’t want to live in mid-rise and high-rise development areas. Please respect and prioritize the perspectives of residents above the commercial interests of real estate developers.
Capitol Hill

 In Tokyo before the urban density, the city used to be cooled down by the winds from the river from the oppressive summer heat. Tokyo is unbearable in the summer now. Allowing the developers to build tall buildings near the waterfront and the residential areas would severely change the quality of life for Seattle residents. This is a unique city famed for its beauty. Why destroy it?
Fremont/Wallingford

 I support high density as an ingredient for a vibrant and sustainable city – but diversity and character of established neighborhoods are also very important, as well as protecting the tree canopy. Let’s adjust the zoning to achieve a better balance.
Ballard

 No to high rises or buildings over 3 stories. Please keep our neighborhoods pleasant and beautiful to live in!! The charm of Seattle’s neighborhoods (historical homes and apartments) are what attracts people to seattle. Please do not let it be ruined!!
Ballard

♥ I feel this current building trend is for the benefit of a few to the detriment of the city as a whole. I’m not against density, but there are better ways to do it. No one is looking at the big picture. Seattle is not Dallas or Colorado – we need our Sunlight. We require/encourage street trees, then allow buildings that keep them in shade all day so they can’t thrive. We are destroying everything good about Seattle. Will people still want to live in Seattle when we’ve paved over every Green Belt, walled off every “peek-a-boo view”of water, mountains and even the Space Needle. for the wealthy few? We need all kinds of diversity including families with children. People who want to stay in  single family or smaller multi-family homes are being forced out by greed.
Ballard

♥  Too many tall buildings are replacing small single family homes, smaller apartment buildings, and generally contributing to significant negative change to the neighborhood. In a 4-block area around my (50-year-old) condo building, one classic mansion and 2 single-family homes are being demolished and replaced with multiple-unit townhomes. On 15th Ave East across from the cemetery, there’s a townhome complex that extends to within 1 foot of the sidewalk. Red, monstrous — truly an ugly building.
Capitol Hill

♥  The neighborhoods in Fremont are being overwhelmed by new construction apartment buildings. It is interesting that they were able to bypass any restrictions before to build work/live units which now stand largely vacant. I agree: rollback to 30 feet cap.
Fremont/Wallingford

 I live in the University District, which has become a cesspool because of overcrowding. I’m leaving Seattle and you know why? Because it’s turning into an urban nightmare. I used to love this city. Now I’m starting to hate it.
University District

 We need urban density, but with some sense of style and respect for green space and arable land to allow for residents to enjoy sunlight, trees, vegetation and the ability to plant edible landscaping. This may mean smaller floor plans which leads to more affordability. I am an SPU Rainwise contractor, and it appears that every square foot of impervious surface that we mitigate storm water on is then being replaced two or three fold by yet another box surrounded by concrete, whether a solid poured surface or some sort of pavers, ‘green’ or otherwise. We do not want Ballard to become Belltown.
Ballard

♥ Just stop – this is change not progress and the 6 -7 story buildings we already have to look at from our yard are not even close to capacity and you are building 3 more. They do not fit our demographic or community, we are family friendly what you (the city council) are doing is not!
W. Seattle

 Hello, I support L3 zoning review. Although increased density is required in Urban Seattle to reduce sprawl in the East Sammamish Plateau, and to reduce car commute pollution among other good zoning ordinance benefits for all, higher density in Seattle does not require Design Review failed towers, height exemptions galore, and more paved, homeless-move-on “Public” spaces. Plant a tree for once. Lets rewrite the L3 zoning for the better of Seattle, for NIMBY citizens perhaps, but mostly for the beautiful city that Seattle can be, and even for land investor/developers who can help bring Seattle to higher standards in zoning. Light and space is getting reduced too much in Ballard, Land Use must be addressed before election season!
Ballard

 Lets keep our neighborhoods live able for everyone.
Fremont/Wallingford

 We need more density but not at the cost of ugliness!
Ballard

♥ I live in the North East, but have commented frequently to friends on the atrocious new buildings I have been seeing erected in all neighborhoods. On Broadway in Capitol Hill, and less prosperous areas like Lake City Way and Aurora, these building are just too big and displace the character of Seattle as a whole. Urban Density can be desirable but not at the expense of skyline and more importantly the culture of a neighborhood. Our neighborhoods are turning into the Tenement Blocks we see in cold war era photos. Please help correct this unforeseen disaster before it gets out of control.
North East

♥ This the same nightmare in West Seattle. Everyone wants to have sole ownership of the view. Why can’t we have some reasonable standards so that everyone has a view?
West Seattle

♥ These “boxes” are proliferating all over the place – and they are NOT at all enhancing the lovely Seattle neighborhoods we all treasure! It is exactly the reason that I grabbed a lot on Sunset Hill – to stop the building of an ugly box in a very pretty neighborhood – and to build a lovely Seattle type home there too!
Ballard

 This is an outrage to the people who already live in these neighborhoods, losing their street parking, sunlight, and family-friendly streets. Landscaping will suffer damage from loss of sunlight. There will be greater noise and air pollution from the increase in people.
North Seattle

♥ There is no good reason to allow developers to make our neighborhoods less livable no matter how much money they represent or how powerful any of them might be.  Height, percentage of lot, setback limits, and density requirements must not be waived or changed to allow oversized buildings to block out sunlight, destroy oxygen-providing-trees and green space, create overcrowding, or destroy the livability and aesthetic character of a Seattle neighborhood.  The mayor and city council represents all of us not only those for whom money talks and we do remember at election time.
Fremont/Wallingford

 Enough is enough. The quality of Seattle life is being endangered by the encroachment (unnecessarily) of BIG BUSINESS- at the expense of human beings and the beauty of our history. The traditional cap of 30 feet for buildings is appropriate. Why any higher? The charm of South Lake Union left our city when the Vulcan enterprise displayed it’s muscles (money). Seen any real parks in South Lake Union- any trees- any parking?
Capitol Hill

  I have lived on the SE slope of Queen Anne Hill since 1985. The density developments were under way then, and continue today. The latest up-zoning efforts and the proposed height “non” limitations only the most recent illustrations of a city not in touch with its neighborhoods. Queen Anne

  Seattle has plenty of under-utilized space to fill in for the purposes of increasing density. We don’t need to ruin our beautiful residential neighborhoods.
Capitol Hill

 A similar, earlier, greedy development happened in the ’80’s, under Mayor Royer, when we Seattleites were asleep at the wheel. Fremont and other neighborhoods went the way of Kirkland, and now, 30 years hence, it is happening again.
Ballard

♥  I am a former resident of multifamily housing on Capitol Hill and support the rollback of height and FAR.  The higher limits threaten the unique place Capitol Hill has been and compromises the livability.
Capitol Hill

 Please roll back the height limits — you are destroying the architectural integrity of our neighborhoods!
Capitol Hill

♥ Preserve Seattle as a liveable city. Keep building heights and styles in line with others where it is being built. City Council it is your resposibility to citizens to do so. Allow space, light, green and views to be a part of Seattle history. Ask yourself “What would the Olmstead brothers do”, “would I like this next to my house?”
Capitol Hill

 This is proceeding far too quickly! It is a pretty bad idea to spread it throughout the city without knowing the problems and headaches (such as no parking). We need a moratorium on it. West Seattle

♥ I live in the Georgetown Neighborhood but am concerned about building heights throughout the City.Georgetown

♥ Please keep the loveliness of Seattle’s skyline available to cherish.
Capitol Hill

♥ I live in north Queen Anne, already a victim of over-development.  I wish everyone would understand that the reasons people move here are being destroyed by the unnecessary over-development of dwelling spaces.  Ballard is overbuilt until 2024, and new ugly apodments are still going up!   Queen Anne  

 Please keep the buildings low for the enjoyment of all, not for the few who will cut off views at the expense of sunless streets.  Thank you for your consideration.
Roosevelt

♥ Please keep the neighborhood “sustainable for the next 100 years” and prevent rampant, poorly considered multi-unit developments.
Capitol Hill

♥ Seattle has always been known for its variety of true neighborhoods.  The charisma of our city and neighborhoods does not have to go by the wayside. With commitment to paying attention and becoming involved we can all help!
Ballard

♥ There is a huge difference between 3 story and 5 story. The 2010 change in zoning heights is nothing more than a boon to developers who care little of the character and sunlight of the neighborhoods. Fremont/Wallingford

 Save our neighborhood from over-development!
Capitol Hill

♥ These tall buildings ruin the sunlight and character of our beautiful neighborhoods. Furthermore, the extreme density adds to the already awful car mess.
Southwest/Southeast

 Thank you. This really needs doing.
Capitol Hill

 It’s not too late to fix this mistake in the land-use code, but if action isn’t taken soon the clock is going to run out on our historic family neighborhoods as developers, with no vested interest in the health and welfare of specific of the community, run amok.
Capitol Hill

♥ Please use careful consideration in keeping new buildings within a neighborhood’s character. That is what keeps our city unique.
Southwest/Southeast

♥ I can’t stand all these new over developed buildings that have been as cancerous as Walmart popping up all over Seattle the last few years. They are ugly and benefit no one but the developers. Over priced, over sized and ugly. Seattle needs to renstate these codes to keep Seattle the city it has always been.
Southwest/Southeast

 Transit can’t keep up. The urban village is full up and too high. No more upzoning.
Ballard

 Already there is extremely limited parking — there are times of day when you don’t dare run an errand because you will not be able to park when you get back (and no, you can’t always walk or take transit or a bike). Many of us purchased houses here because of the single family character of the neighborhoods — this is what makes Seattle livable and upzoning only destroys that — transient neighborhoods are not the best places to live — I enjoy having neighbors who are committed to the neighborhood because they plan to be here for more than a few months.
Capitol Hill

 As much as I support this and agree with this petition Money will always, always win … this is capitalism after all.
Ballard

 The thing I love best about my neighborhood is the quirky, artistic old buildings.  When buildings like Jouet go in they kill that character and homogenize the neighborhood, effectively getting rid of the very thing that makes people want to live here.  Let’s not cut our nose off to spite our face.
Capitol Hill

♥ It seem as if the developers alway manage to lobby their way out of any deals to provide any equitable trade off in the form of housing for people of lesser means for their height variances. In the end the low income residents do not have access to adequate  reasonable housing.
Ballard

 Preserve Seattle’s neighborhoods. No more expansion! We do not wish to be NYC or Chicago!
Fremont/Wallingford

♥ A big problem, a running joke, and a disgrace to our city.Ballard

♥ Also, too high buildings take away a lower house’s “solar rights” or solar access for light, and especially for solar electricity generation.  DPD and developers MUST be aware of the penalty they impose when too tall buildings shade neighbors.
Capitol Hill

♥  Old buildings and low profiles allowing fantastic views are what give capitol hill its charm and character. It also brings money, homeowners, and businesses into the neighborhood. Let’s keep it funky classy!
Capitol Hill

♥  Build for light and sensibly, not for profit only !
Ballard

♥ Please help preserve our Capitol Hill neighborhood and prevent high-rise and no-parking developments.
Capitol Hill

 Please help preserve what is unique and beautiful about Seattle and work against high rise development in South Lake Union and in the neighborhoods.
Ballard

♥  I’m a homeowner in the Meadowbrook area. I miss the sky, and I miss the intimacy of the neighborhoods. I hope changes are made to the code! Thank you.   Meadowbrook

♥ Please save the neighborhood!
Capitol Hill

 I now live in Maple Valley because the property tax’s in Seattle. I lived 27 years in Seattle, Capitol hill neighbor hood. I love Seattle and cherish my memories of growing up on Capitol hill. I don’t like all these high rises. They are not needed. please don’t destroy what makes Seattle unique!    Maple Valley

 Stop the madness
Capitol Hill

♥ I’m on Beacon Hill and we have a good community and neighborhood, But density for density sake can destroy neighborhoods. There is not a way to review for ‘good design’ so if it is allowed, it will be built to the full boundaries of the lot. I’ve seem some scary fires jump from 1 building to 6 due to unsafe fire distances. And Apodments are not cheaper than apartments but will turn into slums but get to go around minimal design review even.   Beacon Hill

 These important decisions need to be made by the people who live in the neighborhoods, not by the moneyed interests.  Ballard

 In order to preserve the character and diversity of Capitol Hill, it’s important to keep multiple-family apartments to a height in keeping with houses on the same block – and even next door. With careful planning, it’s possible to obtain much needed housing without destroying decades and centuries of buildings that have made Capitol Hill such a wonderful place to live. Capitol Hill

 I support the goals of maintaining the green, light, and 3-story character of our neighborhoods. I’m especially troubled by the destruction of century-old homes in good repair like the Victorian era houses at 18th and Denny, built in the 1890s, of which there are very few in Capitol Hill, or in Seattle at all. Density is great, but Capitol Hill is already as dense as any neighborhood in Seattle. How much is enough? Capitol Hill

 Please enact these sensible changes; we have lived in Capitol Hill for over twenty years (my wife 25 years) and see the obvious decrease in quality as money hungry developers with NO VESTED INTEREST in our beloved communities feel it is their right to go anywhere and throw up garbage, make their profit and never be seen or heard from again; this is the same mentality that gave us Wallstreet and the destruction of Main Street across America for a few ridiculously overcompensated greedy individuals who view human beings as simple canon fodder to enrich themselves at any cost–forget about families, communities and humanity in general. We have to change this type of attitude and thinking or the Seattle we all know and love will be yet another casualty of greed and the thoughtless/soulless pursuit of personal gain. Capitol Hill

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