I grew up near Atwood but spent much of my time around Orton Park were my best friends lived and I too think the majority of what's happened there has been an improvement, except of course the fucking speed bumps. I was priced out of the area south of Atwood/Willy long ago but I stopped being resentful and now just enjoy it from a few blocks north.
jjoyce wrote: Shabby is great, but it's not sustainable. At some point, you have to rebuild and that's naturally going to lead to something more expensive that people are going to judge.
Exactly. What is it about buildings that people expect them to last forever? Especially when they're made of wood. The whole part of the story involving the house across from Orton is just ridiculous. Martens and others on the Marquette Neighborhood Association's planning and development subcommittee (betcha that's a fun group) shot down the demolition request because the new house was GOING to look historic....to fit in with the neighborhood. Are you telling me they would have OK'd it if it was going to be a minimalist cube? What do these people want? I mean besides control over everything that happens in THEIR neighborhood.
I'm as averse to change and some people's idea of "progress" as any middle-ager or more, but having lived here both then and now, I'll take now.