Every quarter I pitch in to help deliver the Squire Park neighborhood newsletters. In addition to being pretty great exercise (it gives me a whole new respect for our local postal carriers who go up and down the hills all day), it gives me a good chance to see some of our new neighborhood real estate up close.
After finishing my deliveries yesterday afternoon, I think I’ve come up with a pretty good way to judge whether a building fits into the neighborhood or not. If you can find a way to put a newsletter on a front porch without feeling like you’re trespassing, it’s good. If not, it’s horrible and the developer should be prevented from ever building in the city again.
I’m really surprised at how many of the new townhouse projects on my route have no approachable front entrances. Instead they’ve got tall, foreboding fences and the central car plazas that serve as the main entries to the homes. They’re completely walled off from their neighbors.
I know some of the rules changed last year that should help with fences, etc. But maybe we need a simpler rule: Can a neighbor see and approach a front door to say Hi or drop something off?
Hopefully the answer will always be yes on new projects. For those that don’t meet that criteria, I’m sorry that you didn’t get a newsletter…