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December 10, 2012 at 4:00 PM

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Remembering Seattle Center vision

Need for preservation, not development
Apparently the author missed something doing his homework for “Seattle Center’s potential has not been fulfilled,” [Opinion, Dec. 4]. For example, Albert Shen claims that the city has no vision and “needs a comprehensive 20-year plan that clearly outlines priority areas of development,” even though the city has a long-range, 20-year comprehensive plan that does this as mandated under the state’s 1990 Growth Management Act.

He faults Seattle leaders for “not securing Seattle’s position as the innovative, technological, futuristic city that was envisioned 50 years ago.” I guess these developments aren’t considered visionary by the author: removing the viaduct along the waterfront and replacing it with tunnel and a proposed $400 million renovated central waterfront, redeveloping the Denny Regrade and South Lake Union with upgraded streets and medium density mixed-use housing and office developments and building a light rail system connecting our urban centers, universities and airport, etc.

What are even more shocking are his suggestions for Seattle Center. With increased urban densification (a good thing) such open spaces are irreplaceable and should be preserved for future generations, not developed as suggested in the article.

—Don Erickson, Tacoma

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