Seattle suburb typifies tensions of development as region’s population booms

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The Seattle Times

SAMMAMISH, Washington — Growth and development have long driven heated community and political debates on the plateau stretching from Lake Sammamish to the Cascade foothills. “Almost everyone shared a basic assumption about the new city: ‘Growth is bad, roads are good,’ ” read a Seattle Times report from a Sammamish City Council candidates debate. The year was 1999. Cut to 2021 and it may feel like not much has changed. Sammamish, one of the wealthiest cities in the nation, is mired in ongoing litigation about whether it is wrongfully blocking new commercial space, apartments and townhomes in …

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