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City Inside/Out investigates unreinforced masonry buildings
City Inside/Out: Quake Quandary
11/17/201728:53

POLL: Should the city require seismic upgrades to unreinforced masonry buildings?

The city of Seattle has flagged more than 1,000 older buildings with unreinforced masonry, putting the structures at risk of collapsing during a major earthquake. Should property owners be required to retrofit these buildings? Who should pay the estimated $1 billion price tag for seismic upgrades? While preparing for the next Big One, can the city preserve its historical structures and prevent rent increases to cover the cost of retrofits?

Guests:
Barb Graff, Director, Seattle Office of Emergency Management
Rod Kauffman, President, BOMA Seattle King County
Richard Loo, Director of Real Estate Development, Bellwether Housing
Maria Ludwig, 4th Grader
Meagan Scott, UW Researcher
Jon Siu, Lead Engineer, Seattle Dept. of Construction & Inspections
Nathan Torgelson, Director, Seattle Dept. of Construction & Inspections
Maiko Winkler-Chin, Exec. Director, Seattle Chinatown I.D. Preservation & Development Authority (SCIDpda)
Eugenia Woo, Director of Preservation Services, Historic Seattle

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