Housing project, NIMBY, Scriber Lake High | Letters

Jul 06, 2018

Kudos for new housing project

Changing the paradigm is a bold and generous move (“Changing the paradigm: Seattle startup chooses Edmonds for first stackable housing project,” July 14). Bravo to Edmonds Lutheran Church and Compass Housing Alliance for hiring Blokable.

It’s heartwarming to learn about a positive plan to address our community need for economical housing. It’s a brilliant blend of innovative technology and social services support.

After a discussion about homelessness, a wise pastor was asked for a 60-second summary to the question, “What is the answer to homelessness?” His clear response – “homes.”

Will this moved be perfect and trouble-free? Is anything? But it is a carefully designed opportunity for changing lives.

Laurie Harris
Edmonds

 

Whose backyard? Newcomers complaining about taxes

I moved to Edmonds in 1961 and still live in the house my parents purchased. Over the years, I’ve seen it go from one of the biggest and most modern in the neighborhood to one of the oldest, smallest and out-of-style.

Over the years, smaller homes from the 1920s to 1960s have been torn down, replaced by larger ones on smaller lots. Not my style choice, but to each his own.

Mostly, this has been to take advantage of views. As these large, upscale homes have taken over, property taxes have skyrocketed, as they have in our town in general. (In fairness, this is not totally due to larger and more-costly housing.)

I’ve mostly made my peace with changes, and live by the saying “to each his own lifestyle.” However, for the first time in my adult life in Edmonds, I’m a little ashamed that I live here.

I recently went to a public hearing on creating some affordable, yet livable housing that could be encouraged by some changes in city codes and support from the City of Edmonds.

For the most part, this type of housing would be developed in the Highway 99 corridor rather than in the Bowl, where I’m located.

To my surprise, some of the very people who have recently moved to Edmonds and built housing that increased property values are now complaining about their own taxes going up if Edmonds makes any sort of accord for lower income and needy folks.

“Not in my backyard” was the shouting cry at this meeting – loud and clear. I left the meeting feeling sad and just a little ashamed. I have good friends who have recently moved to the Olympic Peninsula. I have to say I’m suddenly tempted to join them.

My home is ripe for the picking.

Clint Wright
Edmonds

 

The amazing students at Scriber Lake High School

Kudos to Marjie Bowker for her excellent Edmonds Beacon Guest View article on May 24, “An alternative to guns at Scriber Lake High School.” Her words echo my experience in working with the amazing students at Scriber Lake.

I am a licensed behavior health counselor who has logged 17 years volunteering in Edmonds School District alternative education programs.

Five of those years were with Scriber Lake High School as a mentor supporting female students. During that time, I often heard alternative education programs referred to within the community as “not real school” or “programs for kids that couldn’t make it in regular school.”

But nothing could be further from the truth. In my experience, Scriber Lake students are hard-working, committed, and passionate, often overcoming seemingly insurmountable life obstacles. Scriber Lake staff are full of heart, and are committed to bringing out the passions in these students while providing avenues to help them shine.

The use of Appreciative Inquiry questions as tools for weapons of non-confrontation presents a model for schools, businesses, governments, and all of us.

Who isn’t empowered when they feel heard? Who doesn’t feel valued when asked about their passions and goals? And Scriber Lake students have passionate answers, demonstrated in their art, their writing, their music, and their ability and willingness to think outside the box.

I encourage every person involved in the education of students to read, “Creating a Success Culture: Transforming Our Schools One Question at a Time,” the book collectively written by Scriber Lake staff. They’re leading the way, right here in Edmonds.

Kal Taylor
Edmonds

 

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