I know the people who live near it are unhappy. Who can blame them? Their space and light have been intruded on. There was no parking allowance made for this building either. And that is also taking its toll on the neighborhood. I think the building is really inappropriate for its site.
It used to look like this before they put up those monstrosities on its site. You can see that it had a yard and trees and fit with the neighborhood. They divided the lot and put up two houses on hormones. I think there should be a rule: a new house cannot be more than 10% larger than the average size of a house in that immediate neighborhood (excluding outliers). And what happened to valuing trees and green space!
There were signs up from some developer who was snatching up properties. I wanted to deface those signs and tear them down. And an old institutional building had been torn down and replaced with those awful houses that looked like they belonged in the suburbs (if you read the article, the developer intended that). I meant to blog about walking in another great Portland neighborhood but I was so horrified by what I saw that I didn't take a single photo. Nor did I blog about it. Butit left a hole in my heart.
So please, if you are thinking of moving to Portland, don't. It's a bad time. We are suffering terrible homelessness, not enough housing, sky high rents and real estate prices, unbridled growth, lots of gang violence and shootings, and conflict on the streets amongst bicycles, cars and pedestrians. I'm with Tom McCall.... come and visit but don't move here. More people are making our problems much worse.