In this great amusement park, also known as the City of
The main argument is that we need not be adherents of the Chicken Little assumption that growth is so imminent that we need to adopt the TookKit NOW. The city would go a long way towards re-establishing trust with the electorate if it were to recognize, first and foremost, that we have an enforcement problem, especially with respect to illegal rooming houses, with which we should deal before passing further legislation for which there is no promise of future enforcement. (As if in a tandem effort to nail down the degradation of the character and quality of our neighborhoods, the
Moreover, there should also be a landlord licensing code in effect, otherwise many of the smaller units designed under the ToolKit will devolve to rentals and, left to simmer on their own, accelerate the slide of these ToolKit areas into mini-slums. Without such enforcement requirements (mandatory code enforcement officers and salaries) included in the TookKit code itself, combined with effective controls provided by a robust landlord licensing program, an area such as the fanciful Samish Way Urban Village will eventually, by dint of proximity to WWU, become nothing more than a student rental ghetto, reminiscent of large portions of Happy Valley.
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