(May 17, 2017) – Traditional "Large Lot Zoning" is "Greener" than "Smart Growth" within Urban Growth Boundaries . . . Copyright 2009 – 2017 . . . Tom Lane . . . Photographing California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington.
Under construction. More Neighborhoods Forthcoming.
Also see PART 1 of this series: https://smartgrowthusa.wordpress.com/2011/01/23/jan-23-2011-building-community-in-seattle-large-lot-properties-or-smart-growth/
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“Hilltop is a cooperative community formed 60 years ago with the idea that a home and its site should be in harmony with the land. There are 40 home sites with underground utilities, 23 acres of greenbelt, a swimming pool, tennis court, play field and extensive walking trails. There are spectacular views of Lake Washington, Lake Sammamish, downtown Seattle, Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains and Mt. Rainier.
Hilltop Neighborhood Association Inc. –
Before incorporation in 1994, the City of Newcastle on the eastside (pop. 10,000) did not want to be a part of either Renton to the south, or Bellevue to the north (Fischel 2001). Newcastle, located east of Lake Washington and I-405, offers 10 neighborhood associations (see: http://www.ci.newcastle.wa.us/home_owners_association.htm. Newcastle has many amenities including a nice trail system extending into Coal Creek and Cougar Mountain, and a golf course with panoramic views of downtown Seattle and Bellevue. The City began in the 1800’s as a timber and coal mining town, with the coal mine closing in 1963.
The Newcastle Golf Club is an urban planning success story, of how a landfill can be converted into something attractive and profitable. Originally, the golf course was a landfill for construction waste, until 1993 when King County granted a permit for the “Golf Club at Newcastle,” see chronology: http://www.newcastlegolf.com/subcontent.aspx?SecID=41010
More photos of panoramic views forthcoming.
The “Tri-Cities” along the Coast of Puget Sound west of Seattle’s Airport are not the more well known Tri-Cities in Eastern Washington: Richland, Kennewick, and Pasco. However, all six towns do share one thing in common: the residents are very conservative. On the other hand, the Seattle area Tri-Cities for whatever reason elect far left, pro-smart growth / anti-big box store City Councilors. The local politics are a mess, and it’s either a misunderstanding, gross ignorance from the voters, or a conspiracy.
The Tri-Cities in the Seattle area are beautiful places to live along the coast, but are notoriously inconvenient for shopping, since the Tri-Cities are all run by good ol’ boys, who exclude most major chains, favoring Mom and Pops. As a result, residents frequently travel miles out of their way to do their shopping in nearby suburbs mentioned elsewhere on this blog: Tukwila, Renton, Kent, Federal Way, Auburn, and Maple Valley. I discuss the politics, high unemployment, and economic hardships of the unusual Tri-Cities area at length in this post: https://smartgrowthusa.wordpress.com/2010/06/18/seattle-san-francisco-dubuque-iowa-to-become-smart-growth-carbon-taxed-meccas-preservation-green-lab/
Nevertheless, the Tri-Cities offer great large lot neighborhoods, although this legacy is threatened with smart growth in both Burien and Normandy Park, as shown at the link above.
Normandy Park offers a Community Club to manage a private park along Puget Sound, open to residents only:
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