As the Seattle Timesreports, the mayor of Seattle has proposed increased density in downtown, by changing zoning codes to allow taller, skinnier buildings. This step is welcome and long overdue. Pop a cork!

Two observations: Seattle’s vision for downtown is still modest compared with Vancouver’s, as I noted here.

And Seattle’s problem isn’t in vision but in implementation, as Parke argued here. The city says it wants downtown development but doesn’t make it very easy for developers to actually build downtown. The proposal doesn’t do much about that.

UPDATE: The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has a fuller piece today, January 10, by Jennifer Langston.