A ‘yes’ for Linden Corner
I support the Linden Corner building as proposed, and since there are no “Yes” yard signs on offer, I thought I’d tell my neighbors why.
A lot of folks are talking about how Linden Hills is a village. I see it differently. I see Linden Hills as a thriving experiment in new urbanism. That means higher density, especially at the “node” of 43rd & Upton, getting cars out of the way, encouraging sidewalk culture, people living above the stores, transit, allowing new construction of multifamily dwellings, and so on.
People are talking about how very tall the building will be. To me, it looks shorter than several other buildings within two blocks — for example, St. Thomas Church or the dark brown box on 44th and Upton. And lower, since it sits at the bottom of two hills. I was raised in Detroit, which would kill to have one building like this added in the whole city every year. It would make the front page of the Detroit Free Press for a week. Unfortunately, it would also take several years to be fully occupied, because not enough people want to live in Detroit. Whole blocks are taken up by vacant lots with one or two houses sitting there like gap-toothed survivors.
So perhaps I am not skeptical enough about urban growth. Maybe I am too uncritical, too grateful when the bulldozers roll in, too eager to embrace what looks to me like progress. I love hanging around construction sites and asking questions of the contractors. My questions: Will we get a grocery store and a dry-cleaners out of this? A drug store? Could the sidewalk in front of the restaurants be two tables deep (even though it isn’t like that in the rest of the neighborhood)?
Could at least one of the restaurants have cooks rather than sommeliers and sous-chefs? (No disrespect to the wonderful Tilia or Naviya’s). Could we see the old trolley route resurrected if we can get dense enough to attract enough residents, shoppers and voters? Anyhow, good luck to the people who have to decide.
– John Bellaimey, Linden Hills
Stop the mindless trash dumping
To those of you who think that any open garbage container is free for public use:
You have dropped off major refuse such as a complete picket fence, the front portico of a house, old exercise equipment, TVs and now an air hockey table. Many times you have filled our dumpster. Often you merely place your discarded item next to our container, perhaps thinking that your trash is another’s treasure. Be assured, if you don’t want it, no one else does either. When items are oversized, I must find a way to dispose of them properly. This increases my costs, which must be factored into my business bottom line and prices.
I appreciate every residents’ pride of their own property and I ask you to be considerate of mine as well. Thank you.
– Karen Rumpza, Linden Hills