Letters to the Editor

COUNTY: Big-box stores don't disrupt other cities

Re: "Council takes shortsighted direction on big boxes" (editorial, 8-20).

Why would this be a big deal? If you go to Tukwila, a Costco and Home Depot are in the middle of an industrial center. In Kent, there is a large Ikea retail center in the middle of its industrial center. I'm sure there are other examples.

The stores have not seemed to have any effect on the cities' industrial zones or infrastructure - jobs, occupancy, traffic or other issues you are so worried about. So what's the real reason for opposing this minor change that builds the density that is needed for industrial users and retailers - in other words, jobs? Is it political?