posted by July 20 at 13:40 PMon
Yesterday, I got an email from Toby Thaler —the Fremont Neighborhood Council’s land use chairman— about my article in this week’s Stranger, where I quoted Thaler about growing problems with bland townhome design in Fremont.
In my piece, I say:
Toby Thaler—the Fremont Neighborhood Council’s land-use chairman—says he’s happy to have more housing in the neighborhood, as long as it fits in with Fremont’s traditionally kooky aesthetic. “It’s not the density that’s a problem for us,” Thaler says. “We’d like development to be compatible with existing neighborhoods.
Toby took umbrage to my use of the word kooky, and sent me an email:
I appreciate your coverage of the problems of largely uncontrolled development in Seattle’s neighborhoods, including Fremont. While you accurately quoted me, you added your own adjective to my characterization of “…Fremont’s traditionally kooky aesthetic.” I did not say that. In fact, I get nauseous at the overuse of “whimsical” and “quirky” by real estate agents and other Fremont boosters.
“Kooky” may apply to the street life in downtown Fremont, but not to the sometimes artsy residential areas.
Wait, isn’t “artsy” just an evasive way of saying kooky? Will in Seattle, Fnarf? Care to weigh in on this one?