(August 1, 2015) – Traditional "Large Lot Zoning" is "Greener" than "Smart Growth" within Urban Growth Boundaries . . . Copyright 2009 – 2015 . . . Tom Lane . . . Photographing California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington.
In recent years, several Smart Growth towers were constructed along the shore of Lake Washington (in Renton, near Seattle), near the Boeing offices and manufacturing facilities. This area is adjacent to Gene Coulon Park, a popular park along Lake Washington for boating and cycling along the lake.
And, The Landing is nearby, a Lifestyle Center featuring small shops along with larger merchandisers such as Lowes, Target, Sams Club, and Frys Electronics. As is typical of smart growth developments, what is missing is a conventional supermarket, forcing residents to drive out of the area for food. This defeats the smart growth proponents’ goals of saving gasoline and preventing climate change.
Another issue shown below is public private space (more photos here), with private property near the condos also serving as the public “waterfront” along Lake Washington. While no security guard stopped me in taking pictures, I and several others may have been trespassing. This is design failure in smart growth / mixed use developments in urban environments.
Here are a few photos of the area: