Thursday, December 06, 2007

Living in the Developed World

I thought I would post some pictures from a recent walk through the tranquil enclave of Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn. Of coarse I'm talking more or less about those quiet sleepy residential streets that lie peacefully beyond the Prospect Expressway's noisy trench, directly across 7th Avenue and downhill from the Green Wood Cemetery. When I walk, I seldom venture past 23rd Street into Sunset Park or go down below Fourth Avenue, so let's just say those are my official boundaries. Twenty Third Street, has that brain wave modifying electrical sub station as a barrier and Fourth Avenue is simply not a welcoming street to cross. The drivers are too focused on beating out the next traffic light to pay much attention to crossing pedestrians. When in doubt, accelerate.

I like this proud house. It's both modest and flamboyant at the same time, if that's possible. It's also a good example of the type of home "free standing, aluminum-clad wood frame, sitting on a nice big lot" that is in danger of disappearing.

New development is reflected in the window glass of an existing R6B zoned home.

"Extra Wide Lot-Developer's Dream"

It doesn't take long to figure out why builders would find this area ripe for new development. There are plenty of vacant lots and under-built free standing, aluminum-clad, one and two story wood frame homes to choose from. It's not unusual to see For Sale signs on run-down and not so run-down houses specifically targeting the needs of developers. Go ahead and make an offer. Every block has at least one "luxury condo" construction project in the works.

Rural South Carolina back road or 21st Street Brooklyn?
One wouldn't expect to find these ram-shackled shanties existing side by side with these new luxury condos. The disparity is shocking. Obviously. Keeping up with the Kardashians is not on their priority list.

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