Friday, March 19, 2010

City meeting on Row Houses, Apartments, and Town Homes

A special meeting of the Seattle City Council Committee on the Built Environment:
  • Row Houses, Apartments and Town Homes: New Rules for the Road
  • Saturday, March 20
  • 10 a.m. to noon
  • Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., Seattle.
David Neiman of the NW chapter of Congress of Residential Architects has a related op/ed in the Seattle Times today. (David presented at a Wedgwood Community Council general meeting last year.)

His column begins:

OVER the past two decades, Seattle has been inundated by a wave of poorly designed cookie-cutter town-house development. Known commonly as "Four Packs," these buildings have been a blight on our city.

In addition to being unattractive, they have also failed to fulfill the basic function of starter housing, since they are too expensive for the average citizen to afford. Thanks to a new zoning code working its way through the Seattle City Council, the era of the Four Pack may soon be coming to an end.

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