It’s Just a Parking Lot. Part I.

Earth movers at work, seven-thirty a.m.

Earth movers at work, 7:30 a.m. Demolition and reconstruction work often started before 6:30 a.m. City law prohibits construction noise before 8 a.m. but the Bank and its contractors didn’t care.

Dumpster blocking alley.

Dumpster blocking alley. Trucks and dumpsters often blocked alleys during the hours when residents were trying to get to and from work.

Truck parked on Fairfield during parking lot construction.

Truck parked on Fairfield during parking lot construction. This truck not only damaged trees, but the driver ignored the “No Parking” sign which was there so the street could be cleaned. This stretch of it wasn’t.

Tree damage from truck.

Tree damage from truck. A few branches were knocked off. This was typical of the respect shown to neighbors by the construction foremen.

Laborers working construction site at 7 a.m.

Laborers working construction site at 7 a.m. Workers were often there as early as 6 a.m. to prepare the site for the day’s work. This meant dragging and throwing bricks, wood, metal rods, etc. and moving equipment, all well before the City’s mandated start time of 8 a.m.

ATM Landscaping.

ATM Landscaping. The Bank’s blueprints apparently specified that curbs be constructed to protect customers’ cars from mud, but no such courtesy was extended to nearby residents. Every time it rains we get mud and floods.

ATM site during the day.

ATM site during the day. Every day I ask myself if Silverstein would have permitted this alongside her home.

ATM by night.

ATM by night. Notice that it’s so bright that the alley light fixture isn’t needed–or working. We’ve been without a streetlight on Devon & Fairfield since the construction started in 2012. We might get one after the streetscape is finished.

Community Market Garbage

Resdoemts have no protection from the parking lot. Here's the first community market, and the Devon traffic.

Public Event in Parking Lot. This gives you some idea of how close these noisy events are to residential housing. Residents can shut all the doors and windows when the loudspeakers and amplifiers go on, but there’s nothing we can do about set-up and take-down noise or ear-splitting music in our back yards. This view is from my back porch.

 

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