Mayor Mike McGinn Visits University/Ravenna
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn visited the Seattle neighborhoods of the University District and Ravenna in one of his town hall style outreaches. He's in the second year of his four year term here in Seattle.
One particular topic that is a concern for many of us in the Ravenna/Roosevelt area is the proposed development that exceeds current zoning by a factor of 4. I've blogged about our land use issues and what the developer wants before. We've been trying to come to grips for several years now with the landowner and the developer, without much success. Laurie Hemingway of the Roosevelt High School PTSA, Diane Haddock a representitive of the Ravanne/Bryant Neighborhood Association, and Jim O'Hallorn of the Roosevelt Neighborhood Association and Chair of the RNA Land Use Committee with questions and statements encouraged the mayor to support the neighborhood plan over the wishes of one irresponsible landowner and one zealously greedy developer.
Mayor Mike McGinn came to his position as Mayor of Seattle by way of neighborhood activism and planning in the Greenwood community. Although he acceded to the substance of the concerns expressed, he side-slipped committment, in the name of some larger but unspecific viewpoint. We all wonder, if these town hall meetings are public relations gambits consisting of lip-service, or if he really means it when he says, "Let's work together on what makes a great place." Or will he swing toward development for development's sake because that creates jobs and density?