Seattle is currently undergoing some of the most significant growth in its history, with many new businesses and tens of thousands of new people moving into the region. One outcome of this growth has been almost non-stop development of new housing and commercial projects throughout the city, some of the worst traffic congestion in the country, and living costs that have forced many people to live outside the city.
Green Lake has not been immune to these changes. Over the last 15 years, it has been transformed from a lake community surrounded almost exclusively by quiet residential neighborhoods to a lake community that is increasingly the nexus of large-scale commercial and housing development.
Development is inevitable, especially for a neighborhood as compelling as Green Lake. Historically, Green Lake has experienced multiple growth spurts since its initial development in the early 1890s, when it was the focus of land speculators interested in selling homes to residents of Seattle looking for a quieter alternative for raising their families.
However, development should also be smart with respect to its impact on the neighborhood and the sensibilities of residents. Unfortunately, this has not always been the case with Green Lake’s most recent growth spurt.
The purpose of Livable Green Lake is to bring greater awareness to the impact of this development in the Green Lake community, and to advocate for changes to these projects where necessary.