City Town Housed
posted by June 4 at 13:58 PMon
Seattle city council member Sally Clark has an opinion piece in today’s Seattle Times about town houses. Apparently many Seattle residents are dissatisfied with town house design in general, and with thousands of new town houses already constructed in particular. With a housing bust all but certain to grind new town house construction to a halt, now is probably a good time to launch a little Seattle process at the problem. So Clark is convening a panel of “developers, neighborhoods activists, architects and planners” to hammer out some new design guidelines. Now that, you know, the damage is mostly done.
In politics, as in comedy, timing is everything.
Hey, want to make the design of town houses a little bit better? Eliminate parking requirements and we’ll see fewer skinny little little townhouses awkwardly perched atop garages. I’d tell the panel myself but there are other brick walls that I need to go bash my forehead against.
Anyway, reading Clark’s opinion piece reminded of a very lovely—and very empty—town house on Capitol Hill.
This place is on Thomas, I think, between 13th and 14th. It’s behind a large brick apartment-gone-condo building that faces 14th, and it’s built over—and moodily looms over—the parking garages for, I believe, the lovely brick apartment buildings that face 13th. And there’s a really interesting, overgrown garden that runs out the back.
I’ve always found this brick town house to be really intriguing, really interesting—especially with the garden out the back and the lower floors below sidewalk level but still way up in the air. This place has been boarded up for years—does anyone know why? Most folks I’ve asked assume there was some sort of structural damage during the Nisqually Earthquake in 2001, but I seem to recall this place being boarded up long before that. Anyhow, it’s a mystery—well, to me at least. Someone out there knows what’s up with this place. Care to share?