Originally Posted by Mallory2008
Advocating for good design makes someone a NIMBY?
If that was all he was doing, fine, no problem. That's not what he's doing though. Read the article. He's saying the developers "ignored" his requests, because they didn't change their project to suit him.
It didn't occur to him that they probably DID, in fact, listen to his requests and determined them to be unnecessary, or even poorly thought out, and therefore not worthy of changing the whole project? Just because a neighborhood association makes a suggestion, doesn't mean they're good suggestions.
Some requests, like splitting the 350' long building into two parts, or adding ground floor retail on Fremont, I agree with. Great suggestions. Very reasonable and common sense. Bravo. But limiting building heights because a couple of neighbors are uptight about 4-5 story buildings. Sorry... not on a major corridor like Williams/Vancouver.
So people like Buehler who think they own a street or neighborhood and try to tell other owners what they can and can't do with their own property.... yeah, hate 'em. That's why we have zoning, design guidelines, codes, height limits, etc. If a development is within those parameters, and they pass the city's design review, then they're totally within their rights to agree or disagree with NIMBY neighbors.