Yes, Seattle, we can have both housing and trees
by Naomi Ishisaka, Seattle Times, Aug 14, 2023
….The climate science research organization Climate Central found that of the 44 cities they analyzed, Seattle ranked in the top 5 for increased heat. Half of the city faces an “urban heat island” effect, or temperatures 8 degrees higher than found outside the city.
It is with this urgency in mind that there was fierce debate over new proposed Seattle tree regulations, called by proponents the “tree protection ordinance.” This measure, which passed the City Council 6-1 in May, overhauled the existing tree ordinance and, according to proponents, would cover up to 175,000 trees, far greater than the 17,700 under the existing ordinance. …