A few years ago, my Vermont brother and sister-in-law visited us and we took them around to see the sights. Driving down South Meridian on Puyallup’s South Hill, gazing out at the helter skelter development, in a horrified voice my brother exclaimed, “This is awful. Who let them do this?”
I tried to explain the politics of the “You want it, you got it!” development philosophy so prevalent in parts of our Puget Sound. First you elect folks who have the “Let them do what they want” mindset. These folks have potential development property, have friends who do or profit in some way. They convince residents that they’re on their side and then “Look out!”: You get visually assaulting, no-standards overdevelopment.
Look out, Edgewoodies, it’s happening in Edgewood. With knowledgeable and concerned candidates for mayor and for council positions, we also have opposing candidates with personal agendas who espouse the “Everyone should be able to do what they want with their property” mindset.
This way of thinking conjures a pictures of a bunch of Wild West yahoos and while it works just fine in some places, it has no place in our beloved Edgewood.
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Think about what kind of Edgewood community you want: a well-planned city with high standards of development or “You want it, you got it?”