Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Say Hi to the Developers Everyone!

I had no idea that developers would go to the trouble of posting their loosely veiled "concerns" (insults so far) on our little chat site, but apparently they have. so alright! This is positive encouragement that we're getting under their skin!

Many realtors/builders/bankers are very good people. They support development that is reasonably compatible, loans that are sustainably based, and therefore they improve the quality and the economy of the neighborhoods they work within.

Many profiteers don't want any kind of reasonable controls on development in our neighborhoods, because they intend to take over our blocks with no regard whatsoever for the people that live here. If they had just shown a tiny bit of restraint, we wouldn't have to organize.

Yes, some houses need to be replaced from time to time. But I guarantee you won't find a resident who has been here and wants to stay in their current home, who appreciates unregulated construction and being shadowed and/or "gentrified" with a giant wall. Unless they make money from that process.

The only people who would say otherwise are those who profit off of us. How do you sleep at night telling lies like this?

And oh my god: I just heard that someone defaced a builder's sign! What can we do about this terrible injustice? Well... it's probably a lie, but please, if you want to speak out, though you are tempted to do so, don't do anything that will get YOU in trouble. Just report their work site violations. Just talk to your neighbors. Just write some letters. Just express your opinion. Just show up when your elected officials show up. And tell them how you feel.


At 7/26/2005 2:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


How long how you lived here(in lakewood)?
Do you want me to post the list of long term residents who dont want restraints on their property rightson you site?
Did it occur to you that this rebuilding is happening in every major market in the U.S.?
Lastly, do you think Park Cities looks bad? They have many styles of architecture ranging from georgian to contemporary and the new homes outweigh the old. I think it shows that progress can be very positive and refreshing.

At 7/26/2005 2:38 PM, Anonymous jason said...

That would be great! Yes, post away.

Yes it's happening elsewhere. That's no excuse for an inconsiderate practice.

Park Cities already had a huge tax rate, huge lots, and the attitude that if you can afford it, do it. That's fine for Park Cities. If the houses are in an appropriate setting, more power to them. There's a big discrepancy between the diversity of style and quality level there, and the uniformly blaze giant stuff that is going up in residential neighborhoods east of 75.

At 7/27/2005 3:48 AM, Anonymous Mary said...

Progress is refreshing! I agree.
But Lakewood is NOT Park Cities, we don’t have the same existing architectural variety that our Park Cities’ neighbors enjoy. We CANNOT compare the cheap, pre-fab houses being built in Lakewood by greedy builders to the intelligently designed contemporary houses in Park Cities. Cheap, ugly, Pre-Fab housing, in my opinion, does not represent progress in any way.

Lakewood is an area where the homes are built with similar basic architectural ideals, from the 1920’s through the 1950’s. Lakewood residents are disinterested in sharing their proud neighborhood heritage with the builders’ eqivalent of Trailer Homes, as we do not want our neighborhood decimated by the urban blight so prevalent in the major markets throughout the U.S.

If you do the tiniest bit of research into these major markets about which you anonamously (=cowardly) speak, you’ll quickly learn how detrimental these houses are to existing neighborhoods. They fall apart within a few short years, or worse- create an environment which breeds the toxic molds and other chemically induced fungi that causes irreversible brain damage to their inhabitants. This deadly combination forces the homeowners to leave, which in turn creates urban blight with their vacancies…have you taken no notice of this website’s desire to fight urban blight with responsible building? That is all we ask, be RESPONSIBLE and RESPECTFUL of your Lakewood neighbors.

(PS: Since you ask, Anon, I have been a proud Lakewood resident for over thirty years. What does this have to do with jason’s commitment to the neighborhood we proudly share? I’d rather have a community-minded neighbor like jason, who knows how to use the spell-check button, then an insulting, cowardly instigator as a neighbor like yourself any day.)

At 7/28/2005 10:59 AM, Blogger Lisa said...

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