|Commissioner Fritz worked hard to|
ban smoking in parks. Hopefully she
will tackle the even more dangerous release
of hazmat during demolitions. For more
kid-related concerns, read on.
We will continue to protest at demo sites and post signs, attend meetings, and speak up for sustainable solutions and public safety, among other activities, to turn the tide away from nonsensical demos and toward more responsible growth.
Buyers of replacement homes are starting to feel the chill, too, because when a perfectly good house disappears just so a developer can make 20 percent (or more) profit, neighbors notice. And they can't help but mourn the loss of a home that contributed character, open space, mature trees, and allowed sunlight and privacy for neighboring properties.
The only way to quiet the storm is to, yes, stop demolishing.
Front lines are everywhere
|Here we go again: Activists gear|
up to dish on the demo tax
at City Hall on Oct. 14.
Recent discussions at City Hall and the Bureaus of Planning and Development Services show the challenges ahead.
A couple of weeks ago City Council got an earful about the demolition tax. While a sound idea, the tax needs quite a bit of fine-tuning to disincentivize the destructive, lucrative market out there for exploitive development. United Neighborhoods for Reform is actively involved in trying to shape the tax so it is effective and actually helps bolster funds for affordable housing (however, the irony of taxing the loss of affordable housing to build affordable housing is not lost on us).
|On paper, the Residential Infill Project looks|
promising. In practice, it may not be given the
time and resources to be effective.
RIP member Rod Merrick worried that the timeline does not allow for careful evaluation and iterations of making changes, but city staff brushed off the concern. It would be a shame if all these creative, powerful minds were brought together only to waste their potential.
|DRAC member Hermann Colas:|
What about the kids?
Maybe it will be best to plug kids into their screens, so they won't miss the nature that's disappearing around them. Every time a demo occurs, most if not all of the mature trees around the house are sent to the chipper. As RIP member Sarah Cantine said at the recent meeting, the bloated new houses overwhelm their own lots so that they are forced to lord over their neighbors' too.
|Members of DRAC's demolition subcommittee and the Office of Neighborhood |
Involvement's Paul Leistner (middle) convene late last month for a collective head scratching.
By the way, those new demo-delay rules are apparently so DRAConian that now there is a toolkit for neighborhood activists to help navigate them. Props go to those who helped craft it, and to those who dare use it.