Neighbors Try to Bulldoze Developer

The Stranger recently had an article about the house my friend are renting on Capitol Hill, Historical Materialism, Neighbors Try to Bulldoze Developer:

LAST WEEK’S LANDMARK PRESERVATION Board hearing about the fate of a house on 611 13th Avenue East was an amazing display of what well-off, politically connected people can do when they want to. The endless testimony, impressive slide shows, and extravagant arguments–all designed to save a cute but unremarkable house–were so inventive and exhaustively researched that they rose to the level of art.

Yes, the house is both cute and unremarkable. There’s four young professionals living in it and the main floor is almost completely devoid of a furniture because no one owns enough to fill the many empty rooms. The kitchen and bathrooms haven’t been renovated in 20 years. I am quite confident none of them live there for the home’s historical value. In fact I’d guess that none of them knew of this until they read the stories themselves in The Stranger.

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  • CG

    The Stranger “recently” had an article. . . .: In fact, that article is from June 1999. If indeed your friends still occupy the house, it looks like the purportedly put-upon developer, who won a unanimous ruling from the Landmarks board that he could proceed with his development, might have been crying wolf.

  • CG

    The Stranger “recently” had an article. . . .: In fact, that article is from June 1999. If indeed your friends still occupy the house, it looks like the purportedly put-upon developer, who won a unanimous ruling from the Landmarks board that he could proceed with his development, might have been crying wolf.

  • EconE

    No doubt Matt…what’s the deal with an EIGHT year old article…I mean really…that’s worse than giving us yesterdays news…that’s like giving us last decades news…oh…wait…it is last decades news.

    How on earth did you come across this article? Were you even living here then? Surely there is more recent news to report…like the homeowners dues supposedly going up 10% at 2200. (just a rumor I heard)

    Or at least grab that NYTimes article that from only a couple years ago that said something along the lines of penthouses being the condos de jour…although it looks like they might have been wrong about that one.

  • EconE

    No doubt Matt…what’s the deal with an EIGHT year old article…I mean really…that’s worse than giving us yesterdays news…that’s like giving us last decades news…oh…wait…it is last decades news.

    How on earth did you come across this article? Were you even living here then? Surely there is more recent news to report…like the homeowners dues supposedly going up 10% at 2200. (just a rumor I heard)

    Or at least grab that NYTimes article that from only a couple years ago that said something along the lines of penthouses being the condos de jour…although it looks like they might have been wrong about that one.

  • Bob

    Matt must have gotten trapped in the time machine.

  • Bob

    Matt must have gotten trapped in the time machine.

  • http://twitter.com/mattgoyer mattgoyer

    LOL. I can’t believe I didn’t notice the date! Did the web even exist in 1999?

    Okay, than what’s funny is that the house still hasn’t been bulldozed to build town homes yet.

    Sorry all. As always, reader submissions are welcome since apparently I’m not fit for this job.

  • http://blog.mattgoyer.com Matt

    LOL. I can’t believe I didn’t notice the date! Did the web even exist in 1999?

    Okay, than what’s funny is that the house still hasn’t been bulldozed to build town homes yet.

    Sorry all. As always, reader submissions are welcome since apparently I’m not fit for this job.