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No longer a sea of Yellow in Mercer Island's Downtown

Should we be cheering that Sea of Yellow you might have noticed in Town Center?

Displacing really useful and needed Island business is an interesting topic these days, as considers .

News of disappearing for new development while a gazillion new apartments being built (see the picture above of the new "Aviara" project) emerge from the hillside site of the old Safeway is a little disconcerting, in my view. Where are all their cars going to go? The already overloaded ?

Hopefully these condo units will look a bit better on the outside when the finish exteriors are installed (What is it, you may ask? It's insulating foam sheathing on the wood framing).

It is really unfortunate that it's located right next door to one of Mercer Island's most attractive office buildings, the .

Our recent City Councils have not done a good job of guiding the inevitable growth of our once attractive "Edge City".

What do you think?

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Jerry Gropp Architect AIA September 17, 2012 at 11:14 PM
. Those of us who remember the long-ago Floating Bridge Inn- and those other right size, useful, fun places can recapture this community feeling over in Madison Park where we went for a lovely lunch last Saturday. J-
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA September 19, 2012 at 04:59 AM
. Ira- "Edge City" book- You need to read your copy of this. I'm re-reading it on my NOOK. It's a great explanation of what's going on here and now. JG-
Ira B. Appelman September 19, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Hi Jerry: In the book, Garreau identifies Mercer Island [p. 436 "The I-90 Corridor (Mercer Island and east)"] as "an emerging Edge City."
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA September 19, 2012 at 07:04 PM
. Ira- "an emerging Edge City" is what it is. You and I would both like it to emerge as the kind of liveable place that earlier on looked (and felt) like it was heading. Jerry
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA September 22, 2012 at 12:38 AM
. Ira- Have you read "Populuxe"? I'm working on another MI PatchBlog describing why it's another of my favorite books. Jerry-
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA December 19, 2012 at 12:08 AM
. . I'm still concerned about losing True Value- our Hardware store that we often need. Our recent City Councils have not done a good job of guiding the inevitable growth of our once attractive "Edge City". We already have more than enough apartments. JerryG-
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA February 24, 2013 at 04:32 PM
It's no longer yellow. JG-
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA October 04, 2013 at 11:09 AM
All of these things I predicted above have happened- sob! J-

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