Re: What does Stepped Terraced housing look like?
From: Brian Bartholomew (
Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2006 15:15:09 -0700 (PDT)
> I have some choice Cheneyesque words that I could marshall to
> describe your remarks but I will forego...

Feel free to flame me off-list :-)


> A second photo study of the "Esplanade" in Cambridge-Boston shows a
> more mature implimentation of the terraced rooftop private outdoor
> spaces evolved from Habitat-67 by the same architect.

I didn't realize it was by the same architect!

> These units too have been combined over time and the largest most
> expensive one to hit the market was priced near $4,000,000 last spring.

The view is fantastic, the commute to work and play is fantastic, and
there are lots of wealthy people in downtown Cambridge/Boston.  I
would expect the wealthy to occupy this location.

A better illustration of your building concept would be a copy of the
Esplanade building in a less fantastic location.  If the real estate
value of terraces rises faster than other floorplans, that indicates
people like it -- so build more of them.


> The number of units on the market indicates high turnover and
> profound dissatisfaction with the residence.

Or that they were being flipped as a speculation during the boom, and
the current owners are holding the bag since the housing boom slowed.


> If you think of it, PALACES have traditionally been reserved for the
> ultra-wealthy and they do not pass down to the poor over time.

> How long the myth will continue that we must service the Forbes 400
> billionaires so that Palaces will trickle down eventually to the
> rest of us

I think you misunderstood me.  I'm not saying, build one Taj Mahal and
somehow the poor can live in it in the future.  I'm saying, build 20
million Katrina cottages or terraced units, the first million for
millionaires, and the 20,000,001'th one will be really affordable.


> There have been 30 MAJOR HURRICANES globally category 3-4-5, since
> Katrina hit New Orleans, 8 of them have been top category 5. You are
> running out of time to play denialist myths.

You can get a sturdy house from, and even
today the price isn't out of line with other construction methods.
Currently they are building a lot of mansions for the wealthy.  As
more dome building contractors spring up, the price of a modest dome
will continue to fall.

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