It’s also lush and green in the summer, with a lot of trees. And it’s quiet. It’s still the city proper, but it’s just a few blocks from a suburb, so it feels like the best of both the city and a ‘burb.
Okay, some would argue it’s not quiet because of the planes flying overhead en route to the airport. I don’t care, I love it, the noise doesn't bother me at all, in fact, it helps me sleep.
Of all the places I’ve lived in the city, this area really feels like home.
Unfortunately, my home’s changing.
Late last fall, an apartment building opened for occupancy one block from where I live. Traffic increased causing backups during rush hour. We never used to have such a problem. The other issue was street parking wasn’t as plentiful as before.
There’s one thing I forgot to mention, but is important to know – this is a very dense neighborhood. There’s next to no room for another house anywhere and very few places with an open plot. But wouldn’t ya know it, there’s one open plot right across the street from me and the city has plans for it.
On June 2, a crowd gathered across the street and they were putting blue tarps across their vehicles. I had no clue what was going on. Luckily, a woman started putting one of these tarps on a vehicle parked under my balcony. I asked what was going on and she told me the city sold the plot and they were building an apartment building on it. And, get this, the developer wasn’t going to create any designated parking for the tenants – they would have to find a place on the street. The residents were protesting the lack of parking and increased traffic in the neighborhood.
I’m very fortunate – my building has parking lot in the back and each resident has a space, but I’ve lived in homes where I’ve had to fight for street parking and it blows chunks.
The woman said the developer was breaking ground in July. On June 8, the grass had been removed from the plot, but the tall, beautiful pine was still standing. I thought, great, they’re keeping it. Alas, it was not to be, the next day the beautiful tree was no more.
A little more than a year ago, the house next to this plot was remodeled and for some reason, the new owners removed a huge tree from the corner. The tree provided a lot of shade for that building; it was also very easy on the eyes. I can only guess why the owners removed it.
I don’t know when the new building is scheduled to be finished. I hope never, but that’s not too realistic. My guess is it’ll be done by next summer. Boo.
Removing trees and using every inch of available land for development seems to be the marks of “progress” these days. But the cynic in me knows someone on the city council probably got a kickback or future favor of some sort for the plot.
I’m not at all happy about these recent changes, but there isn’t a damn thing I can do about it.
Yes, I know change is inevitable, but it still sucks.