Letter to the editor: Preserve our views
To the editor:
I have sent an email to each of the Edmonds City Council members asking that city building ordinances that preserve our distinctive “on-the-water, picturesque-town, gorgeous-sound view” image be maintained. DO NOT INCREASE THE BUILDING HEIGHT THAT IS ALLOWED ON WATERFRONT PROPERTIES.
As residents, guests and tourists walk or drive through our lovely town, there are multiple opportunities to look west, and enjoy the view of the water and the Olympics. These opportunities are afforded by the openness that is granted by spaces where there are no buildings, one-story buildings, and relative low “high-rise” buildings. The desirabity of either visiting or living in Edmonds to a large extent rests on the proximity to both the water and the mountains and the vistas throughout the downtown area.
The image of a waterfront packed with 50-foot buildings is all too clear. While those residents/businesses occupying those buildings would enjoy every benefit of the view, countless others would have their opportunities taken away, never to return. This is not necessary. Fifty-foot buildings could be constructed in other locales, and the waterfront ambiance and flavor of beautiful Edmonds could be maintained.