mnmike wrote:I'd be against that one. It knocks down a few decent solid 100 year old houses...and that block already has 1960s crap apartments on the other side of the street.
I guess I interpreted this and a few other similar statements as being in favor of keeping the existing houses. Pretty sure someone even said that "single family home is a better form for this street" or something to that effect. If you changed your mind to think that rowhouses or townhouses are better, that's fine, but what exactly makes them more appropriate here than apartments? If you're saying that the existing houses should be restored, I have some sympathy for that, but the owner of the property doesn't seem to think that's financially feasible and I'm not sure these houses are really worth fighting for, historically or architecturally.
It's kind of ironic that you disputed my characterization of your position, and then you completely mischaracterized my position. I do not think "anything" should be able to be built "anywhere," I think it's appropriate to build a five-story apartment building on a 55' right-of-way in a neighborhood where apartments are ubiquitous. The low-rise apartment building is a conservative form found in cities all over the world and I don't think it's radical to propose that they be accepted in a city of 2.5m, especially one with as wide of streets as here.
Read my second post, a couple down from that one:
"Ok, I typed a reply, but it didn't go through. Weird. The houses there are nothing special really, but suit the street much better than a 5 story apartment block IMO. This is a quite side street...rowhouses would be okay(chicago type infill that we never seem to see). I am far from a nimby, but I just don't think this is the place for a new 1/2 block apartment building. Sorry, just because someone wants to build a new 5 story apartment building, it doesn't mean they should be able to do it on just any street in the city! I am sure if it is real nice, I will be okay with it, but I still say this is a weird place for it. I'd rather see the new huge 5 story buildings stick to the main arteries."
My stance is pretty much completely in agreement with Chef's last post. Sorry if I wasn't clear. I am fine with the houses going away for something appropriate, which in my opinion is something more row-housey. A few stories is fine. Even in Chicago, you don't really find them building 5 story boxes on the quiet residential side streets of the north side(which is what I would say this area compares to most, roughly), why do we need to?