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Emma Hinchliffeh
Emma Hinchliffe

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March 30, 2022

Talking History: Debate over Wallingford historic district reveals growing tensions

In my first Talking History column, I spoke about the growing tension between preservation and development efforts in Seattle and asked: “Can Seattle meet the need for more housing but still maintain its history?”

In Wallingford, this question has taken center stage for many in the community as part of discussions and debate around Historic Wallingford's application to establish a National Registry Historic District in the neighborhood. After nearly three years of work and research, Historic Wallingford recently submitted its application to the Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, a move that has been met with opposition from some, most notably a group called Wallingford for All.

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