DRA SeattleComment

The Difference between Collaboration and Greed

The difference between collaboration and greed is literally the difference between day and night for the residents of adjacent towers...The intent here in the cover photo seems to be to work with the neighbors to insure natural light and livability for residents of both buildings.

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The Difference between Collaboration and Greed
DRA SeattleComment

Tall and Skinny Can be a Win-Win-Win for Downtown Seattle

Seattle has a unique opportunity to make a huge positive impact on the LIVABILITY of our city right now.... 

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Tall and Skinny Can be a Win-Win-Win for Downtown Seattle

Dr. Seuss Was Right!

 

The Lorax is the story of Thneedville, the city where greed for the exotic Thneed truffle raw material at the top of the trees caused all the trees to be cut down, and Thneedville became just a “plastic” city....

Dr. Seuss Was Right!
DRA SeattleComment

Developer Abuses the Environment Impact Statement [EIS] Process

The analysis provided in the Addendum is incomplete and does not fulfill the requirements of a project EIS....Throughout, the Addendum describes impacts as “unavoidable,” which is simply untrue...there was little to no sincere attempt in this Addendum to propose or pursue impact mitigation.

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Developer Abuses the Environment Impact Statement [EIS] Process
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Design Is A Sign of Intention

A wise professor of urban planning was quoted as saying that his observation over many years of practice was that "Design is a sign of intention...and we would agree.

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Design Is A Sign of Intention
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Lack of Daylight has Huge Adverse Impact on Health and Productivity.

The lack of natural light is known to cause all sorts of health issues, including reduced alertness, ability to concentrate, sleep issues, mental anxiety, depression, and even death from cancer or suicide.... This can be mitigated by setting back the primary west-facing building façade farther from the alley to allow daylight to penetrate the lower floor levels.

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Lack of Daylight has Huge Adverse Impact on Health and Productivity.
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Developer Misleads City and Downtown Residents on Lack of Light.

A year ago, Douglaston assured us at a meeting just like this one that we would suffer no adverse impact on our daylight and sunlight from this project. Now we are horrified to find out that this is not true.

DRA SeattleComment
Developer Misleads City and Downtown Residents on Lack of Light.
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Downtown Development [5th & Virginia] Could Hit Roadblock from State Archaeologists

The Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation is now recommending the city do an assessment in advance of construction, to figure out if there are historical remains on the site....

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Downtown Development [5th & Virginia] Could Hit Roadblock from State Archaeologists
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Seattle Out of Touch with Reality on Alleys!

When you hear a City Senior Planner compare the alley on potentially the densest residential block in Seattle to a medieval European alley, you know he's lost touch with reality....

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Seattle Out of Touch with Reality on Alleys!
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Downtown Residents Should Consider A Property Tax Appeal

A 24% increase in valuation is unwarranted in light of adjacent ill-conceived developments that have actually reduced property values....

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Downtown Residents Should Consider A Property Tax Appeal
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It's Our City. Let's Fix It Now...Before It's Too Late!

This is a critical time in the history of downtown Seattle. There are generational implications of decisions being made today. We won't get a "do-over" if they are not done right...

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It's Our City. Let's Fix It Now...Before It's Too Late!

Why Is An Absolute Fabrication Allowed To Stand At Design Review?

When the Douglaston 5th & Virginia developer says "low angle sunlight is blocked by existing downtown context, no impact from proposed development", and the photo clearly shows bright morning sun shining through to east facade of Escala that will be totally blocked by the proposed development, where is the accountability for their misrepresentation?

Why Is An Absolute Fabrication Allowed To Stand At Design Review?