Aegis project wouldn’t serve Queen Anne any better

[Regarding “Neighborhood Advocacy Group Fights Aegis Rezone Permit, Oct. 24:] Clearly, adding the amount of facility to the same area of space must increase congestion, which is not what that area of Queen Anne bestows.

The “three Es” of architecture/city planning are environment, engagement and equity. Congestion certainly will not contribute to the character of Queen Anne. 

There is a fine line between building for purpose (environment and/or engagement) or intention (value of real estate or attempting to transform a neighborhood), which may not be the case here, but certainly seems so with the future project near Seattle Pacific University. 

The already-in-existence and numerous assisted-living facilities would prove a rectifying choice and definitely serve the neighborhood better.

Russ Russo



Coal trains less of concern than developments

[Regarding “Passing Coal Trains Will Greatly Impact Local Health,” Sept. 19:] I’m a native of Seattle — born here and still live here. In the ‘50s and early ‘60s where the play fields are now was a city garbage dump, burning most of the garbage in the open. For years and still today, you can smell the garbage they buried and didn’t remove. 

Coal is this nation’s main source of energy, and personally, if they have to come through Interbay, instead of closer to neighborhoods, I would think that would be the best. The residents that bought their homes by Interbay were well aware of the railroad. 

I’m more concerned with the 256 apartments that they want to build where the Brown Bear hand car wash (on 15th [Avenue West,] right before [West] Dravus [Street]) [is] and what impact that is going to have on traffic.

Maurine Johnson



Ward politics not good for Seattle

Regarding Geov Parrish’s “Meanwhile, in Next Year’s Election,” Nov. 7:] I enjoy your writing style. And I almost always agree with your politics.

But I completely disagree with you about electing the Seattle City Council members as district seats instead of citywide.

Please read “Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago,” by Mike Royko, for an example of how ward politics came to rule Chicago. Not something I would ever want to see in Seattle.

Thanks for all your years of good work. I look forward to reading your next column.

Candace Bullard

Queen Anne