Recently there has been a discussion about building height restrictions in Everett and particularly in what I call the station district which is the area from the Everett Station to Broadway and from 36th Street to Pacific.
I grew up in Everett and this discussion has happened before. When I was a child, the big cities in Puget Sound were Seattle and Tacoma. Everett was a busy city. Bellevue was a bedroom community to Seattle. Today Seattle is a big time city and Bellevue is also a financial center with many large office towers.
What happened to Everett? Why don’t we have those office towers like Bellevue? Everett still suffers from too low height restrictions. Land is relatively cheap in Everett compared to Seattle and Bellevue. Why not take out all height restrictions in the station district and the city’s business core. Push the concept that Everett would be a good investment and place to build office and residential towers.
Transportation is at a gridlock between Everett and anywhere. The solution to transportation is trains. Run a train from Everett to Seattle on the hour starting at 6 a.m. and continuing to 7 p.m. And run a train from Seattle to Everett at the exact same times.
This is something that could happen now. We do not have to wait for light rail or spend billions of dollars to make this happen. (We do have a slide problem that needs to be addressed.) Have some vision.