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September 10, 2013 at 7:31 AM

Big house on small lot in Seattle neighborhood

House doesn’t belong

Neighbors Deborah Clarke, left, and Anne Chilimbi, right, are not happy about a house being built on a small lot, in Northeast Seattle. [Ken Lambert, The Seattle Times.]

Neighbors Deborah Clarke, left, and Anne Chilimbi, right, are not happy about a house being built on a small lot, in Northeast Seattle. [Ken Lambert, The Seattle Times.]

So the builder feels the home he is shoehorning into a neighborhood fits the character because there are a variety of styles? [“Feeling the squeeze,” page one, Sept. 9.]

I spent my high-school years in the house on the north side of the behemoth being built. Reading this article it dawned on me that the construction I’d glanced at down the block when passing by recently is the same house The Times article talks about.

Having grown up in that neighborhood, I disagree with the builder’s assessment of the situation; the house is too big, it doesn’t fit the style or character of the neighborhood as it is designed.

Most of the homes were built in the 1930s, with a few coming in about 20 years later. Yes, homes are “raised,” but only because some are on a slope and most have daylight basements.

Just because a developer “can” build something, it doesn’t mean he or she “should,” nor does it give carte blanche to determine what “fits” the character of the neighborhood based on his or her own preferences.

It is obvious to this former resident that the developer defends his rights without what seems a clear understanding that a certain responsibility goes with those rights.

Cathy Aldrich, Shoreline

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