Multifamily and single-family developers, however, say theblueprint eventually will raise shelter costs, citing scarce50-foot by 100-foot empty parcels (5,000 sf) already going for$150,000 or $30 per sf.

City officials and the Downtown Development Board cite Seattle,San Francisco, Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA as examples ofcommunities that have successfully used a master plan to blendculture, cash and shelter into an identifiable Downtown core.

For housing at least, the guidelines suggest but don't mandatespecific construction and design steps for owners, developers andarchitects to follow to ensure the ambience of older neighborhoodsis not disturbed or damaged.

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