Back in June some residents of Wallach Place worked themselves up into a NIMBY tizzy over a proposal to replace the one-story Yum’s building with a residential midrise. After a redesign by the project architect and some counter-pushback from the blogosphere, the Wallach neighbors seem satisfied.
The neighbors’ original criticism of the building can only be described as classic NIMBYism. They nicknamed the building “WallachZilla,” they said the proposal caught them off guard, they called it too tall and too hulking, they complained about shadows, and increased traffic, and said it doesn’t have enough parking. They implied the developers were slimy and cheap. And worst of all, they wondered why their neighborhood “needs” more housing in the first place. They also said they didn’t like its design, which was more of a fair comment.
The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board agreed with the design criticism, saying the proposal was plain and lacked creativity. They asked the developer to come back with a modified, more interesting design.
[Continue reading Dan Malouff’s post at BeyondDC.]
Dan Malouff is an Arlington County transportation planner who blogs independently at BeyondDC.com. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.