The nexus between architecture and improving neighborhoods
Posted by pollypeoria
We believe there is a nexus between the issue of taste and slums. I think councilman Sandberg and Grayeb would agree.
The proposition is that if we take the opportunity of new construction to fill in some of the "toothless gaps" on a block in an older neighborhood, the more favorably that new structure blemds with the surrounding architecture, the more it benefits the property values on that block as a whole. A portion of the value for a person who buys an older home is the way that home looks on the outside. But a home owner who has invested in the exterior appearance of their home by selection, purchase and improvement is going to be positively or negatively affected by the way that the houses on their block look. We spend as much time viewing our neighbors houses and the architectural beauty, uniquness and appreciation for history that they have, as much as we are going to view our own house.
Many people would rather see an older home, with peeling paint that still has the original features, that could at any time be purchased and renovated, than to look at a cockeyed, plain, vynil sided box.
And the aesthetic appeal is an integral part of attracting responsible people to a neighborhood, people who have the resources to improve and maintain homes. If a neighborhood passes on the opportunity to make a particular structure an architecturally compatible, visual asset.
Drive by 1810 N Bigelow. I drive down that street on a regular basis, just to look at that house. I know that the neighbors on it, if asked would say that view is an asset to their block and that it is the very last house on their block that they would want to lose, because it is the one house on their block that brings the "right kind of people" driving, biking and jogging through over the years, just to see what color is going to go on that house next.
Now the house on the 1100 block of N. University, some might think that\r\nowner went just a little too far. Interesting that both\r\nowners are former employees of the City of Peoria.
Now the house on the 1100 block of N. University, some might think that owner went just a little too far. Interesting that both owners are former employees of the City of Peoria.