High rises in University District? Big crowd packs hearing on zoning plan

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s plans call for a denser neighborhood with more high-rise buildings. Some residents like the idea, while other say it’s no good.

Mayor Ed Murray’s vision of a denser University District sprouting high-rise buildings and a campus-powered innovation hub drew more than 100 people to a public hearing in the Seattle neighborhood Wednesday night.

Fans and foes of the Murray-proposed zoning changes under consideration by the City Council, which the mayor says will help create affordable housing, packed a Hotel Deca banquet room.

There were only enough chairs for about half the crowd, so dozens stood shoulder-to-shoulder.

One U District resident said the proposed changes are an example of why many people don’t trust their government.

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