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January 13, 2005

Tall, Skinny II

Former Vancouver city councillor (and NEW board member) Gordon Price welcomed Seattle to the tall, skinny club with an op-ed in the P-I about what Vancouver’s learned in its pursuit of a compact and livable downtown. (See news about Seattle's zoning changes here.)

- High-rises, for example, should be not just tall but thin, since thin towers offer more privacy and light to residents. And stagger building heights for variety and preservation of views.

- Pedestrian-friendly ground floors--ie, storefronts instead of parking garages--are key. As foot traffic increases, vehicle congestion may even drop (!).

- Increased housing supply may help free up affordable rentals for low-income residents.

- If high-rise living is done right, people of all ages will choose it. That's one reason Vancouver recently opened its first new downtown elementary school in decades.

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