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It could definitely be worse, but it can be better as well. Some people in Seattle point to all the construction there and say that there’s plenty of development. But we know that measuring development relative to zero is misleading; the amount of development that would occur in the absence of so much NIMBYism is much greater than is actually occurring.

To some extent this particular case isn’t a huge problem. Presumably the neighbors who get to preserve their views and relatively low-density living will pay for it in higher property values and higher property taxes. But to the extent that we’ve simply lost out on an opportunity of attracting more high-income households - and the many spillover benefits they provide - that is a loss that isn’t made up as easily.
Is this surprising in a neighborhood where it's common to tear down 5 houses and make one single home across those 5 lots...that largely sits empty?
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On what planet is the Gold Coast low-density? It was the city's very first highrise neighborhood... the upset NIMBYs here are highrise dwellers themselves. Also tear downs are not a problem in Gold Coast...

Anyway, I'm not really sure it's quite as simple as "opening the floodgates" to new development. The construction industry has trouble getting workers already. Without a flood of immigrants to the city like we had 120 years ago, I dunno if we would even be capable of that kind of pre-zoning citybuilding.
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