Development and Progress? Building living space to put 10 families per acre? that's not progress, that's nuts. I'd rather there be a park with a lake, then a 90 foot tall, 60 unit condo where there was once a single family dwelling or a small park. Where the heck are so many people going to park? You can't pack people into land like sardines in a can, it doesn't work. You end up with more crime and other problems. People need space.
Now I don't think the state government needs to get involved, but the city needs to tell the developers to get bent.
Here in W. Seattle, we had a nice corner at Alaska and Fauntleroy that had a thriving Schucks auto parts store, a thriving fabric store and plenty of FREE parking for the other stores and bowling alley near by. Then some stupid developer bought the land, evicted the stores, dug a 60 foot PIT taking the entirety of the property then promptly had to stop construction of their giant condo plans because they ran out of money. Now, thankfully we won't have 500 families trying to park around a 2 acre lot with stupid, yuppie, foo foo stores with expensive nothings. But sadly instead of having businesses that I used to go to because they were close, we have a frigging deep hole in the ground and I have to drive 5 miles out of my way to get what I need for my truck.
It's not progress, it's madness.