Anyone who knows me well knows I have some unusual political views. Democracy is fine as an idea. But leadership is also something that is important. It’s easy to forget that we didn’t invent democracy on July4, 1776 or that we secured our “freedoms” on various battlefields all over the globe. All of that is great rhetoric. But experts and leaders matter. And Copenhagen, the worlds most sustainable city, has a queen and a state church. So much for the idea that you can’t have it all!
Then why am I experimenting with a hoi polloi edit of Seattle’s Land Use Code? We need more debate and discussion about land use in this town and everywhere. And I can’t think of a better way to incite some of that than by letting people get on their computer and start making their own comments, edits, and improvements to the DNA of our built environment. As something of a Burkean I value order and tradition. But as an urbanist I also love the rough and tumble of a crowd (not a line, a crowd).
Please, get involved. What do you think the opening section of our code should say? How about subdivisions?
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