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Downtown isn't for walkers
Personally, the concept of a walking downtown is not viable. It is too spread out now to remedy. The compact streets and villages that are the key to walking, like La Conner and Leavenworth, wont happen here. Shuttle buses: Waiting in the rain, hassling packages? Park and then walk blocks between stores with purchases in tow? I dont think so. The municipal center should remain apart for easier access, avoiding the shopper melees. Do seniors need consolidated services, or would distributed locations reduce crowding?
With the smaller communities refusing to challenge Seattles high-priced development and allowing them to force the low-value residential services on us, maybe we should just make Federal Way a convenient bedroom community?
The City Council should really analyze development and determine if we are getting value for the inconveniences.