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March 02, 2013



Interesting article on the front page of the Tuesday Daily Post:

"Construction will continue on Palo Alto's Edgewood Plaza and the developer, which illegally tore down a historic Eichler building it had promised to restore, won't be fined just yet, the City Council said yesterday.

Torn by conflicting desires to penalize the developer and deliver residents the finished grocery store plaza they were promised, the council voted 6-3 last night to allow Sand Hill Properties to continue with construction, which includes restoring a second remaining Eichler building and constucting six of the ten houses in the original plan."

Must be something else going on since I don't get why issueing a fine and allowing continued construction are "in conflict"--why not just do both?

That was a side topic of the joint Planning Commission-City Council meeting in the next post up--how and how much to fine for violations. Lot's of overthinking went on there too.


I almost forgot to post a recent Examiner article about Monique Lombardelli's latest venture. I check with her to verify that there are no Doelgers in B'game, but the story is interesting nonetheless:

A pair of local, independent filmmakers will soon release “Little Boxes: The Legacy of Henry Doelger,” a short documentary about the architecture of Daly City’s Westlake neighborhood and the developer who built it.
The documentary’s name is a reference to folk singer Malvina Reynolds’ 1962 song, “Little Boxes,” a critique of suburban America famously inspired by the houses of Westlake.

Filmmakers Rob Keil and Monique Lombardelli say they are fascinated with the midcentury modern architecture pioneered by developers like Doelger, and they find it ironic that such unique homes inspired Reynolds to sing about houses “made of ticky tacky” that “all look the same.”

Keil said that, contrary to what the song implies, Doelger’s homes were well built, with an emphasis on individuality. Describing the typical Doelger home, Keil said, “It was a box, but it was a really well-designed box…Doelger was very conscious of the need to make houses look different from each other.”

The rest of it is here:



Here is your chance to see some Eichlers from the inside:


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