November 2019 Bar Bulletin
By Kinnon Williams
Cities are often described in human terms — compared to the living, breathing residents who inhabit them. While expansion and redevelopment are generally viewed as an indication of overall economic health and vitality, not everyone agrees. Although cities devote a great deal of energy, effort, and public resources to economic development, the resistance to an expanding economy is real — fights over head taxes and neighborhood cottages can be contentious.
Cities in the Puget Sound region have devoted tremendous public resources to redevelopment. Whether it be through rezoning efforts, which increase population density to meet the requirements of the Growth Management Act,...