COMMENT OF THE DAY: WHAT IT TAKES TO LIVE NEXT TO THE FAST LANES “The housing stock of the city has MANY luxury apartments located too close to comfort to a freeway. On I-10, the Sawyer Lofts’ north side [sits] right up on the freeway with some units being feet away from an exit ramp. Go further west and I-10 is lined with luxury apartments that look out at the freeway from a very uncomfortably close distance (basically two lanes away, plus a small setback). This is becoming a permanent fixture of the city. I’m not sure why anyone would voluntarily rent one of these, but the developers are banking on housing being in so short supply that someone will basically lose out when the music stops playing and there’s not a chair to sit in and they will be forced to rent one of these. I think that must be the game plan. Maybe they think if it’s common enough people will just subconsciously modify their lifestyle expectations in a big city to thinking its okay to live between 7 and 50 feet from one of the widest freeways in the world.” [Commenter7, commenting on The Downtown Apartments Caught Between a Freeway and a Curved Place] Illustration: Lulu
Looks like developers are doing the same thing in LA: http://www.latimes.com/projects/la-me-freeway-pollution/
My house in San Diego is about 200 feet (?) from interstate 5 and 1/2 mile from the airport. It’s not so much the noise that concerns me (and the view is quite nice) — I’m wondering what I’m breathing in being so close.
“Luxury” is such an overused (and under-regulated) term in apartments, anyway. If it’s not roach infested and includes central air, they call it luxury.
Chris – I agree!