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Old 01-30-2012, 10:00 AM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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Nice place (or was). Let me guess? Now there's some giant house (or two houses) squeezed into the lot with veneer brick, mix-matched non-recessed windows, lots of concrete, and all of the trees and greenery have been ripped out, right?Every time I hear this I just want to vomit.
Bingo. It's now a giant yellow barn. I actually went to the old house; we thought about buying it, but the seller was a hoarder (of Civil War stuff), and it was nearly impossible to see much of the floors, etc. Still, pretty spacious 3BR house. But it probably would have required some rehab--and the apartment complex 50 feet behind the backyard was a dealbreaker for us.

Yeah, it's simultaneously heartbreaking and infuriating to see this kind of thing happen.
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Old 01-31-2012, 11:58 AM
 
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Some of Arlington's oldest and most beautiful neighborhoods, Lyon Park, Ashton Heights, and Lyon Village are currently seeing more teardowns than ever before and the builders are becoming more brazen, building homes much larger and completely out of context with the older homes. A beautiful historic 4,000+ sq ft 1930s colonial in Lyon Village was sold for 1.5 mill as a teardown. A home almost twice as large with about 7 bedrooms will take its place. It will dwarf all the other homes on the street and destroy the beauty of the neighborhood. This would never happen in Cleveland Park or Rosemont.

I believe that similar neighborhoods like Chevy Chase, DC and Rosemont in Alexandria have stricter design codes in place to prevent demolitions and out of character renovations.
Don't be too sure of that - Rosemont is experiencing some of this "dwarfing", too. I was aghast when I drove through North Arlington neighborhoods for the first time since I'd lived there in the late 80s, early 90s, and was thankful that Alexandria wasn't seeing the same thing. But lately there are more tear-downs that are being replaced with houses that while perhaps within the character of the surroundings, are much larger and towering over the neighboring homes. Some of them resemble barns, to me, or it's as if in a neighborhood of small boats, someone brings in an aircraft carrier. I haven't seen a lot of it, for the most part there is much more renovation going on than tear-downs and new construction. But it looks like for those with the money and desire, building a house on steroids is possible in Rosemont.
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Old 01-31-2012, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Tysons Corner
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In alexandria they just SPONSORED a plan that will destroy the park and waterfront area, let alone letting it happened, they brokered the deal!

I dunno, if they stopped making mcmansions but instead started buying up the border areas in order to put up highrises would you be any happier?
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Old 01-31-2012, 12:45 PM
 
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In alexandria they just SPONSORED a plan that will destroy the park and waterfront area, let alone letting it happened, they brokered the deal!

I dunno, if they stopped making mcmansions but instead started buying up the border areas in order to put up highrises would you be any happier?
That's not an accurate description of the plan, but perhaps needs a separate thread.
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Old 01-31-2012, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Tysons Corner
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That's not an accurate description of the plan, but perhaps needs a separate thread.
Fair, I did get the Washington Post version which is rarely a good depiction of the reality, so I will concede that.
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Old 01-31-2012, 03:53 PM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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I can't believe that in two pages of posting about development and bickering over the definitions of terms like "infill" and "density," BrooklynBornDad hasn't chimed in once! He lives for this stuff.
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Old 01-31-2012, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Tysons Corner
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I can't believe that in two pages of posting about development and bickering over the definitions of terms like "infill" and "density," BrooklynBornDad hasn't chimed in once! He lives for this stuff.
I will enjoy meeting him, it seems I am an instigator around here. I hope no one is too offended, I know Im an opinionated blow hard sometimes.
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Old 01-31-2012, 04:55 PM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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I will enjoy meeting him, it seems I am an instigator around here. I hope no one is too offended, I know Im an opinionated blow hard sometimes.
Well, it takes some huevos to admit that. I've done some bloviating myself on occasion. There are worse vices.

Yeah, you guys will be fast friends; I'm truly surprised he's not all over your recent posts. Hope he's OK.
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Old 01-31-2012, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Tysons Corner
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Well, it takes some huevos to admit that. I've done some bloviating myself on occasion. There are worse vices.
Well I figure I take big stances, but I dont base them necessarily on an ideology and I generally try to speak about things I know well. You can tell when I go to far into a subject I can't speak to... I usually back tread quite quickly.

This blow hard brought to you by The Tysons Corner | The Tysons Corner Blog (http://thetysonscorner.com/blog/ - broken link)
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Old 02-02-2012, 04:19 PM
 
Location: The Port City is rising.
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I can't believe that in two pages of posting about development and bickering over the definitions of terms like "infill" and "density," BrooklynBornDad hasn't chimed in once! He lives for this stuff.

I've been avoiding this place mostly lately. I think wisely. There are better places to discuss infill,density, etc, where I can learn things, rather than bicker.

I really don't like bickering.
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