Dollars & Sense: What Would You Wish Away in Woodinville?

If a fairy in a forest granted you one wish, what would you change about Woodinville?

You've heard the story - finding a fairy in a forest who grants wishes.

I recently took my granddaughter on a hike in the woods near Crystal Lake. It's just two, maybe three minutes from our front door, but within seconds those local woods become an alternate world. It might as well be the national forest surrounding Rainier for the grandeur, isolation and splendor the casual walk produced.

Princess Aurora and I did not find a fairy. But in the woods I did consider a wish - what if I could change one thing about Woodinville?

We live or work here because of the things we like and even love about the area. Our neighbors, our jobs, the vistas, the parks, the wineries, local merchants, etc.

Consider for a minute the opposite. The thing you hate most. The thing that drives you crazy. Gets under your skin. Rubs you the wrong way in Woodinville.

I have heard some say traffic. Roads. Tourists. Big retailers. Developers. Signs. City Hall. Local Politics. Now let me hear from you.

What one thing would you change here with a wish from a fairy in a forest?

(This is a series of posts exploring a future vision for our community, in particular local businesses and what they offer the residents of Woodinville, Bothell, Kirkland, Redmond and Duvall.)



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Randy Koetje March 31, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Tony, We need more folks like you to voice their opinions on what they feel is best for the city as a whole! If people were more receptive to housing choice within the city, this could result in a revenue stream to fund the items you listed (eg well lit and safe sidewalks and paths). Please check out citychord.com, see if you might be interested in supporting this cause.
Dale Knapinski March 31, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Why do you think every city has to be the same? Isn't it up to Woodinville residents to decide if they want their large rural type lots preserved? We can meet nearly 80% of our mandated GMA residential requirements in ONE development right downtown where the existing property owners have been begging to sell and a developer is ready willing and able to buy. We do not want, we do not need, we are not required to mess with the R-1, period. We do not want to be another Lynnwood, Kirkland, or Redmond.
Jon Samlin March 31, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Tony doesn't live in the city Randy. He lives in rural King County. By the way the City of Woodinville has great housing diversity. If you continue to try and destroy the R1 area all you will do is take away one of those choices. Why don't you move to the part of the city that provides the lifestyle you prefer or is this just a development / profit issue for you?
Annie Archer March 31, 2012 at 02:27 AM
This thread is beginning to get heated, while we encourage conversation, attacks or rumor will not remain in the thread.
Randy Koetje March 31, 2012 at 05:29 AM
Jon, The City of Woodinville has anything but housing diversity. We have R1 (1 acre lots), R8 (approx. 5000 sq ft lots) and multifamily. Let's not jump to conclusions...the lifestyle I prefer is to truly protect rural and wilderness areas outside of the urban growth areas. Our fine city needs to start acting like a city, to represent all citizens, play no favoritism to just those who raise their voice the loudest. I've lived in the R1 over 22 years, I don't ever expect to make a dime on development. I'm simply voicing my opinion on what I believe is a regional responsibility.


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