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October 22, 2015

Nearly every morning after I drop our son Theo off at school, I join a group of fellow parents at the coffee shop across the road from the school to chat about our work, our kids or life in general. A topic of conversation that has been quite popular lately is the large condominium building that is going up right next to the coffee shop, where the even more popular old coffee shop used to be. Occupying almost every inch of the lot that has been empty for nearly five years now as the economy faltered and tried to pick itself up again, this new building is now going up very quickly and very noisily. And it’s going up and up and up – 3 stories and will contain 64 units in total, a frightening prospect for our neighborhood, most obviously because there are few buildings of this scale in this part of Silver Lake. Also the number of units being built will impact our already overcrowded elementary school, which will be forced to fill its classrooms to bursting point. The building is being erected without much thought for the community. It is clear that financial gain is the motivating factor behind its construction.
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