Back in 2013 the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog reported that Seattle zoning laws might lead to a “little Amsterdam” along East Union Street, one of the few areas in Seattle where zoning allowed for a recreational cannabis shop. Eisenberg says that the way I-502 is crafted won’t allow for anything vaguely reminiscent of Amsterdam. Some people expressed fears that property values would go down. Eisenberg says, “23rd and union has been troubled since the ‘80s. It wasn’t zoned to build high and it wasn’t valuable enough to develop; when I bought the property all three corners had chain-link fences.”

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