Of course the landscape is changing around Redmond. Just look at the "Big Box" six story apartments and their construction cranes all around town. Every new complex has the same one dimensional flat topped architecture. It's kind of boring and confining. One friend commented that our city is now hightly populated by transients -- apartment dwellers...technology workers with visas. What kind of contribution do they make to our neighborhoods? Sometimes I feel I'm in another country with the urban diversity we now have. One of the upsides is we have a growing number of international restaurants and shops.
But do you like where the city is headed? The City Council now devotes much of their time to regional transportation issues, regional stormwater pipes, and the like. Getting around Redmond especially during commuting times is now horrifying to many. Recently a reader wrote a popular Letter to this blog griping about the nightmare we now have with traffic. It was seconded by many other readers. The rechannelization on 166th was constructed for safety reasons but it turned more into a commuting problem than expected by the city. Just wait until the city turns Cleveland Street and Redmond Way into two-way roads. Traffic and gridlock can be expected there, though it's intended to revitalize the downtown business district.
Redmond recently was awarded one of the best city's to live in by Money Magazine. And the Mayor is quite proud of this, as he should. Redmond has a lot going for it with our parks, trails, vibrant economy, good schools,low crime and affluent, high employment characteristics. But no city is perfect and Redmond is proving this. What do you think?
By Bob Yoder