Yesterday as I approached my street I saw this huge dustcloud. I thought someone’s house was on fire, but no, it was being ripped apart by a bulldozer. My neighborhood is cute and charming and much sought-after. It’s fully of bungalows and Craftsman style houses, mixed with brick apartment buildings, boutiques and restaurants. Here’s a typical cute house on my street:
Here are the spec homes that were recently built across the street from the cute house. Around here we call them The Twin Towers:
While I appreciate that the developers tried to fit into the style of the ‘hood, they failed. Does the first floor reallyl need to be a whole story off the ground? Does the house really need to take up every inch of the lot? Do all the workmen really have to keep parking on the wrong side of the street, blocking firetruck and ambulance access, just to keep the driveway pristine? Could Atlanta please possibly come up with some building codes and appreciation for architectural preservation? I understand property rights but this is ridiculous. Yup, I’ve got the teardown blues. My city is turning into a really badly planned suburb.