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I think you're stretching to make a point. You cannot compare the immense impact that a high volume grocery store will have on the profile of a neighborhood, versus a small non-profit that has chosen to convert a single family dwelling into an office.

Posted by superyeadon | December 28, 2007 11:37 PM

I think the issue is more that these people want to keep neighborhoods like Haller Lake and Pinehurst in-city suburbs, rather than dense urban neighborhoods like we're going to eventually need. Fighting off a development and saying that we can't afford to lose any single family housing, and then turning around and removing a single family home from the market when it suits you is the definition of NIMBYism (and yeah, I hate using that term too, but I think it fits here).

Posted by jonah s | December 29, 2007 9:00 AM

@1: The grocery store in question already exists and would simply be improved to the benefit of the neighborhood. If single-family housing is to remain sacred and inviolate, the Haller Lake hypocrites must be stopped!

Posted by J.R. | December 29, 2007 9:53 AM

Jonathan Spagenthal-Lee, I can't decide if you're from an Edward Lear poem or an Edgar Allen Poe. Anyhow, I would ask you this: why is the loss of one (1!) single family home in North Seattle the least bit notable? You should kick a rock around the south end one weekend and find an actual story.

Posted by croydonfacelift | December 30, 2007 12:27 AM

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