More on the overbuilding of lots in the Grove
There were a few people who seemed to find nothing wrong with it. But I would assume if every house that was sold turned into a five house mini-village, people would be complaining, especially if it was right next door to them.
Others commented without reading the whole story, I think. One of the comments that did not understand what I was saying is this one:
"This is not greed. This is the American economy. If you want people to come to the Grove for entertainment, food, etc. and local Grove businesses to thrive, there needs to be new housing. Plenty of potential home buyers would love to live in a little quaint house that has the character of the old Grove and a huge backyard, but the reality is that it is not affordable to buy a lot and renovate the old Grove house. Even in the West Grove, old run-down houses on large lot are being sold for $800,000+. The new townhouses/condos are relatively more affordable. Stop holding on to the past and start embracing change."
How is cramming a few houses onto a one house lot holding onto the past and being against progress? I doubt that person read the article but just wanted to bitch. I hate to see the old houses go, but I DO like the new clean, white boxy houses going in now. I know it's not "Grovey" but it is the future and I like them. I would like to possibly buy one, but I don't want to share the lot with three other houses squeezed in on the same plat.
And this is probably the same person commenting, agreeing with themselves as another person: "Agree with Anon 9:40. Anyone who sees the young families playing in Kennedy park or visiting the number of new restaurants and thinks the Grove is being 'ruined' needs to have their head examined. The Grove is once again becoming a lively place with a future, in part thanks to these homes that allow young families to afford to live in a walkable, urban area that is close to downtown."
Again, they didn't read the story, as we were not putting down progress or young families coming to the village, we were expressing concerns over the illegal structures being built and the city not doing anything about it. Many dwellings on a single family lot IS AGAINST THE LAW.
Another says I am wrong about the facts and that there are the proper setbacks and people should be allowed to fill up the lot with as many structures as they like. He went on to talk about height limits, which were not even part of the story.
Another person wrote about the "commute factor" of people wanting to live closer to downtown. Not sure what that has to do with breaking zoning laws.
I take consolation in the fact that so many people agreed to what I was saying and so many of you shared the story on Facebook and other sites and feel that breaking the law for no other reason other than greed should not be permitted.
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