Saturday, October 8, 2016
To the Editor,
There’s been much debate regarding our city’s future. I hope I can bring some added context since I grew up with trains most of my life.
As a teenager, I took trains into NYC hundreds of times. It’s the best way to explore and get back home.
I left NY after 9/11 to start a new chapter with my soon to be wife. After years renting in Greenlake, she became pregnant and we went into nesting mode…”buy a house with a backyard.” This was important to us; it is the American dream after all. As we looked around, friends kept mentioning Shoreline and I could see why: affordable, quiet and close to the city. Since moving here we’ve been blessed with three girls. I envision living here for a long time.
It’s great that Shoreline is getting two train stops. When I think of the stops I passed growing up, many were boringly similar. One that stuck out is Forest Hills in Queens. No parking lot, cobblestones, two story buildings with shops and apartments above. It’s bright and a slice of green suburbia surrounded by a concrete jungle.
Recent letters mention ‘unavoidable’ or ‘inevitable’ when describing growth but I believe Shoreline can become anything residents want. It doesn’t have to emulate Seattle. What our city council is embracing doesn’t seem necessary or even logical. We’re only required to meet the Growth Management Act (GMA). Why would we rezone to double our city’s population in one fell swoop? The more I learn of their plan, the more distrust I have of their motives.
We need to be better than this and grow responsibly. Having a train line is a benefit but it shouldn’t destroy the lifestyle that has brought us or kept us here for so long.