Apr 21, 2012
answered a bunch of weird questions about himself or herself.
Apr 21, 2012
commented on Another One Bites the Dust
Okay, I told myself I'd stay out of these discussions, but this hits too close to home.
I was born and raised in the Roosevelt area, but Capitol Hill was where I liked to hang out during high school. Both neighborhoods mean a lot to me, and I believe that the emotional attachment is why the issue is so sensitive. I think most people will agree that it's healthy for a neighborhood to grow and mature over time. It's a bit like parenting (which I admittedly know next to nothing about), where we want to see our babies grow up, but we don't want them to become something we don't recognize.
I love the old brick buildings along Pine. They have character. From looking at the other projects that the Madison Development Group it seems reasonable to assume that whatever is built in the place of Bauhaus will be seriously lacking in charm (23rd & Madison anyone?). To me, this is a setback. Yes, we want to live in a progressive, more sensible and denser city, but I think we also want to live somewhere we can be proud of aesthetically.
And personally, my problem with the proposed development near Roosevelt High School is not what is being built or where, but by whom. The Sisleys own a large amount of property in the area, and all of these houses and buildings are dilapidated, poorly maintained pieces of shit. Now they want to tear them down and build a six story building in their place. Who's willing to bet that whatever they build will be shoddily constructed, poorly maintained, and in ten years will have us screaming to get rid of it? I have very little faith in the Roosevelt Development Group after the new Rising Sun Farms building collapsed during construction. If they can't even get a fruit stand built properly, how the hell are they going to manage a six story building?