Thursday, July 17, 2008
I took the photo above standing erect on the plot where Double A Development and Village Real Estate plan to build "Concept G: Townhomes at Six Hundred Garfield" (http://www.600garfield.com/) in Salemtown (although they prefer to call us "Germantown"). I'm around 5'10", and as you can see there is some thicket that is over my head. It's a clear violation of the Metro grass code (grass and weeds are supposed to be no higher than 12 inches). It's even bursting through the erosion-preventing silt fence at the sidewalk.
The Concept G team has already met with some criticism here for its somewhat institutional design and for running cheeky ads even in a community that can hardly be characterized as prudish or puritan. But those are less important, more subjective disagreements where a difference of opinion is expected. Violating the Metro code times 6 so that vermin, trash, and probably drug dealers can gather hidden on their overgrown lot is unacceptable and an insulting blight on our neighborhood. I am particularly disappointed in Mark Deutschmann's Village Real Estate company, which sells itself as a community-friendly, neighborhood-supportive group.
I wish the 600garfield.com people would treat Salemtown better by keeping their grass mowed. Or if not mowed how about scythed once and a while?