Monday, December 3, 2018

Broken Promises: Arcadia Style Architecture Is Gaining A Foothold In Sierra Madre

This is what the house that used to stand at 609 Mariposa looked like. The photo is a Google street view shot from 2017, and because this house was well set back on a property that had those unfortunate things known as trees on it, the view is somewhat obscured. But I am certain you get the point.


These next two pictures show what is going on there now. Is this new place up in your face enough? Of course, if you are going to do things like pack on the square footage, set backs will become a thing of the past. Sierra Madre's past, to be specific.



Each member of the City Council, at one time and always when they were running for office, promised that this is the kind of thing they would forever oppose for Sierra Madre. And like most of the promises they made, it was not kept.

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63 comments:

  1. The front yard footage would have to met the criteria of a build in Sierra Madre, or the new Planning Director needs to go.
    As a neighbor, i would not be happy with this across the street from us, could be the new owners are attempting to maximum the back yard or are building a granny flat.
    Something is just very wrong in the appearance of this wall with windows house.

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  2. That must be a drive thru garage and storage on either side, not the main house?

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  3. Here is the rub: if it met all the set backs, lot coverage, etc., for the development zone that it is in then nothing has to come in front of the Planning Commission, etc. I'll stop here because there would just be a lot of etc. if I continue. Also, there are any number of other "architectural" contribtions from this firm around town already, GGG, Inc. Gartanguan, Grotesque and Grandiose. We've been porticoed!

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  4. Maybe it is time people stopped pretending that this is a city government we can work with.

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  5. Doesn’t look any better or worse than the old one. And I’d rather have a bigger backyard

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    1. You should move to Arcadia.

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    2. Settle down, kid. The thing is one story, not too tall. They kept the big trees. The others looked non-native anyway.

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    3. No, I really think you'd be happier picking the peacock poop out from between your toes. Given your taste in architecture, you would then sprinkle those gatherings on your cornflakes.

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    4. Or maybe 7:05 should move to the west side where everyone is rude thinks they’e better than their neighbors.

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    5. Uh oh. A dirt flake.

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    6. While it does give the owner more space, it manages to decrease the feeling of spaciousness for all the neighbors.

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  6. What is wrong with this town? One person has a different opinion on architectural taste so the other immediately tells them to eat s**t. Can’t we have a rational grown up discussion here?

    I guess the trump trolls have to attack everyone even when trump isn’t the topic.

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    1. And here I thought that house was an example of dementia friendly architecture.

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    2. 7:26... good point. People don’t have to insult each other here.

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    3. 7:26 didn't like the topic, so he set out to disrupt the comments section. Pretty standard tactic from the predatory development crowd. Did a good job of it, actually.

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    4. Dear 8:29, who must also be 7:05,

      That poster just has a different opinion than you... why do you have to insult them?

      I own a tiny house in the canyon... why do you have to denigrate me?

      Please, just rational neighborly talk would be nice.

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    5. It's all the same guy.

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    6. 9:15 - The issue here is out of control predatory development and the threat it poses to Sierra Madre property values. If you want to get bogged down in the comments, fine. But you really aren't helping anything.

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    7. Asking people not to insult each other needlessly always helps. Peace.

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    8. The myth that Sierra Madre is populated with nice people who work respectfully with each other is just that. A myth.

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    9. 10:27 works for Putin

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    10. 10:30 being a good example.

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  7. Fool at 7:26am it is not "Trump Trolls" that are tasteless and baseless about 609 Mariposa ave., you strike me as a Kiosk Porta potty supporter of Queen Nancy, past SM mayor. One can always spot "a Dirt".

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  8. The style is quite distinct - it's a very predictable McMansion that is built to show that the owner has money.

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    1. I'm a big-a-shot.

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    2. Good riddance to that dumpy fake ranch house

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    3. But enough about your place. When are they coming to pick up your furniture?

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  9. Matter of taste, i dont see the "in your face" blank space for graffiti frontage as "money"; fortress for marijuana cultivation behind those walls, so yes, maybe money!

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  10. The Don has the Midas touch and tastes, he would never have a Leavenworth style house, no matter what the Trump haters text.

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  11. This style of house screams trick or treating is not welcomed here, beware.

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    1. So did the run down old one. Hidden behind that rusty chain link fence

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    2. The condition of the previous structure is irrelevant. The problem now is the awful new one.

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    3. Not even finished yet.

      You the guy that called the Kensington a ‘monstrosity’ back in the day? That place also looks ten times better than the dump it replaced.

      Y’all as bogus as Susan Henderson

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    4. You shouldn't worry yourself, 10:33. You could never afford the place.

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    5. 10:45 just revealed themselves. These fake arguments about architectural aesthetics mask the real conversation of class warfare. Don’t let the poor people in who can’t afford to own a home.

      Very Trumpian

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    6. Perhaps you should sell your home at a discount so poor people can afford it.

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  12. The windows look like something you would see at a prison.

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    1. Yeah, same with the old place, though less drafty.

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    2. Stuck in the past, eh?

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  13. Opinions, everyone has one!

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  14. The good thing is city staff now has a lot of new preservation building codes and regulations to ignore.

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  15. 9:33am. Has revealed themselves as the monstrous predatory developer in town and best buds with the local realitors.

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  16. You would think the Keninston looks better. 10:33am. It is a residential building plopped down in the middle of the business district, no wonder we all have to pay outrageous taxes to keep the business district viable.
    10:33am is attracted to shinney objects!

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    1. Shinney Keninston! I remember him well...

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  17. Does anyone know if this city staff received yet another pay raise for doing little work and having little knowledge of codes and regulations?

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    1. You're out of step, 11:02. City staff are all for preservation, and so is the council, and so is the city manager. Yeah.

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  18. Why do so many of these Arcadia style homes look like fortresses?

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    1. Huh. I always thought they looked like mausoleums.

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  19. Has anyone heard the rumor that One Carter is going to be gated?

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    1. That would be a rumor only. It's been a point all along that it would not be gated, and to change that would require a change to all of the relevant legal documents. Doubt that could be done out of the public arena.

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    2. Build the wall.

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  20. Could be that developers sell their plans as burglar proof with the Fortress design?

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    1. Sure buddy

      Be sure to lock your doors

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  21. One Carter can not be gated according to the rules first laid out. If that is not in their building code then it has been removed.

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  22. The Planning Directors background is not City Planning or anything related, why do you think the Commissioners are rewriting everything in basic simplifying codes and ordinances.
    Sierra Madre is almost completely contracted out.

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  23. Speaking of backgrounds; when will the combining of City Council with our Planning Commissioner's happen?
    Isn't that the plan?

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  24. “In you face enough?”, come on, they added a taller entryway, big deal. Don’t you want people to improve their homes or should all housing stay stuck in 1955 ?

    Drive to Arcadia if you want to see some real issues, a city govt that has fully sold out to developers with atrocious mansions and non existent building codes. All the result of Bulldozer Harbicht and Roger Chundler.

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    1. It looks like somebody dropped a very large packing crate on the curb.

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  25. Rather have a 1955 house than a 2018 boxcrate front yard curb appeal.

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