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A $149 million precinct station when much of Seattle north of 85th Street doesn’t even have sidewalks? [“Seattle can’t afford to build expensive precinct,” Opinion, Aug. 12]. Putting in a roof garden and yoga studio when many homeowners are calculating how much longer they can afford to live here due to astronomically rising property taxes and utilities? I would be crying if I weren’t laughing so hard at the absurdity of it.

Seattle needs a provision in its municipal code preventing public officials and special-interest groups from foisting this kind of boondoggle on us taxpayers. The law should state that buildings be well-built, last a century, include necessary functionality, but no more. After all, we pay for this stuff.

Eileen Crawford, Seattle