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April 29, 2009

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And does a developer's involvement with city planning boards and focus groups provide him or her with an unfair advantage or influence

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Christopher Boffoli

I'm no fan of cookie cutter townhouses built without any kind of architectural integrity. But otherwise I'm always disappointed in this kind of outrage over increased density. Seattle is a large city near the water. Population projections show many more people moving here in the coming decades. To me, the notion of neighborhoods full of detached single-family houses, with their large lawns (requiring lots of water and chemicals) and their driveways with 2.5 minivans in each, are an old 1950's ideal. We spent the last fifty years pouring trillions of dollars into roads, highways, and propping up despotic foreign governments (not to mention despoiling our environment) just so we could have the suburban, car-centric geography of nowhere we now have. Unfortunately for you and others of your ilk, this is a dying ideology. Denser built, more pedestrian friendly development is the way of the future.

It is hard to consider this kind of outrage without wondering how much of it has a genesis in fear: fear of change, fear of new people in your neighborhood, fear of traffic and parking issues that don't mesh with your goal of driving absolutely everywhere and parking within ten feet of your destination.

Lastly, who says that the architectural style of any neighborhood has to fit within the broad parameters of what was built there before? The houses pictured in your fourth image are hardly architectural gems. In fact, that is the most polite way I could describe them. I have seen this kind of anti-design diversity before with a Modern house built up on Queen Anne, which was surrounded by a neighborhood of 1920's era Craftsman style houses. It astounds me how many people demand some kind of foolish consistency. Nature loves diversity but sadly people hate it.

In the midst of conspiring with your own fear, I think you're forgetting that the increased density in your neighborhood brings not only change and problems, but new people who will be as instrumental to keeping our economy and our society innovative and vibrant. You might look at a hive of bees and only consider the sting. But others might look and see honey.

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AL

We just learned that the empty lot next door to us was purchased by these developers. I hope they don't build a monstrosity like this...

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Yeah, the developer could have easily chosen a design that fit better and still turned a profit.

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Kevin Pedraja

Valerie, good to meet you virtually. Welcome to the neighborhood. There's actually a block group we formed earlier in summer with a website. I leave the details for you.

valerie

Living right next to this house, I can tell you that it DOES stand out in a negative way. You can see this thing from 5 blocks away when walking from Greenlake. I am uphill of it and it blocks my house out completely. I bought my house from Soleil when they were still framing that monstrosity, and had no idea how horrible and out of place it would be. Not only is my view and even the sunlight blocked-out, you can't even see my house when driving up the street. I basically live in a cave now. For anyone who posted that this isn't an out-of-place and imposing structure, I think you can go collect your paycheck from the developer now.

Kevin Pedraja

Mike/Claire: I think you're both missing the point. I have no problem with a new home replacing the old structure. The problem I DO have is that the new structure 1) went up without public comment or approval (try adding a second or third story to your house without those two steps); 2) Doesn't fit in with the neighborhood; 3)towers over the surrounding houses providing unobstructed views over the privacy fences most of us have and right into our back yards.

The developer could have easily chosen a design that fit better and still turned a profit.

Claire

I agree with Mike - big improvement from what was there previously. Nice addition to the area. (I've driven by and it doesn't stand out as much as the article says it does either)

mike surewood

I looked at that property before, the pink apartment was already subdivided (back in the 1950's). Looks a hell of a lot better now than the rundown structure they remodeled. Glad to have them in the neighborhood, signed. Not a NIMBY

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