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I Got Mine, Now You Can't Have Yours

Disappointing one of my three loyal readers who has been bugging me for Part II of Capital Metro's Broken Promises, I thought I should call attention to the bulletin board being used to hash out permanent version(s) of the McMansion Ordinance.

Specifically, I noticed that on the Task Force, the three representatives closest to my area have one guy with whom I don't have much problem with in general, but also two people who I most certainly have: one from Hyde Park and one from NUNA.

I did a little sleuthing on zillow.com, since I can't yet walk as far as Hyde Park thanks to the still-mostly-unresponsive-to-treatment-arthritis. The representative from Hyde Park's home is friggin' huge compared to its neighbors and the typical Hyde Park bungalow.

I did make it by the representative's house in NUNA, which, despite not being as huge, was arguably even more incompatible with its neighbors, having the cardinal sin of "looming over its neighbor's backyards" which is an oft-heard complaint against McMansions.

I'd also like to call attention to an excellent thread started by Chris Cosart, who has commented here in the past.

I'll close with those quote from another thread on that very board:

As I've pointed out with the two examples from the task force, though, this boils down to "I got mine; now you can't have yours". Both 111 Laurel and 4315 Avenue C are incompatible with their neighbors. Why should they be allowed to tell me how compatible I must be with mine?
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