Urban Living Pet Peeves

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Re: Urban Living Pet Peeves

Post by mean » Mon Jul 08, 2019 3:50 pm

"You're gonna wanna get that foam dry cleaned before you let anyone else move in here."

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Re: Urban Living Pet Peeves

Post by FangKC » Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:59 pm

I have a neighbor who plays drums in the garage of his SFH, and he's on the next block over. It's maddening. I mean it. There are times I want to start hurling bricks over the back fence. It's all day long on weekends sometimes, and well past 10 pm on some nights. It sounds like some kind of Latin polka music.

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Re: Urban Living Pet Peeves

Post by johnmatrix » Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:35 am

People who park in front of driveways.

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Re: Urban Living Pet Peeves

Post by KCKev2 » Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:31 pm

Walking the dog off leash - this isn't your f+++ing farm!

Cleaning the car by dumping its contents on to the street.

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Re: Urban Living Pet Peeves

Post by Highlander » Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:48 pm

DaveKCMO wrote:
Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:23 am
Do not move to my building.

Most condos and apartments aren't designed for that kind of noise isolation.
That pretty much settles it for me. I've flirted with buying a condo in KC but my wife is a professional pianist and earns her living as such. I am more of a hack but still enjoy playing guitar enough to not to want to be limited by the fear that I would become a nuisance to my neighbors. :( :(

Good to know though. I can concentrate entirely on SF dwellings yet still in the urban core.

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Re: Urban Living Pet Peeves

Post by smh » Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:27 am

Highlander wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:48 pm
DaveKCMO wrote:
Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:23 am
Do not move to my building.

Most condos and apartments aren't designed for that kind of noise isolation.
That pretty much settles it for me. I've flirted with buying a condo in KC but my wife is a professional pianist and earns her living as such. I am more of a hack but still enjoy playing guitar enough to not to want to be limited by the fear that I would become a nuisance to my neighbors. :( :(

Good to know though. I can concentrate entirely on SF dwellings yet still in the urban core.
Perhaps you would consider a townhome in the downtown area? https://www.realtor.com/realestateandho ... 55?view=qv

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Re: Urban Living Pet Peeves

Post by warwickland » Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:45 pm

johnmatrix wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:35 am
People who park in front of driveways.
driveways in urban neighborhoods period. spent a record-shattering (never have ever spent so much time in chicago looking for on-street parking) time looking for on-street parking every night in a neighborhood of los angeles i was staying in last weekend that was riddled with driveways and no-parking areas. built density was about like midtown kansas city but with a really robust commercial corridor that ate up a lot of side street parking.

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Re: Urban Living Pet Peeves

Post by brewcrew1000 » Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:14 pm

^ I hate it also, in Milwaukee we never had to deal with driveways that went out to the street, most of the urban parts of the Milwaukee had alleys and garages in the back

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Re: Urban Living Pet Peeves

Post by rxlexi » Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:00 am

^ I hate it also, in Milwaukee we never had to deal with driveways that went out to the street, most of the urban parts of the Milwaukee had alleys and garages in the back
Yeah, I've thought about this a lot while house hunting. Milwaukee, Chicago, St. Louis all developed with a robust street and alley grid, although all of them are still made up of primarily single-family homes (albeit in typically denser arrangements). For some reason KC never did, at least not nearly as extensively (outside of downtown). This applies even to the residential neighborhoods that would have developed concurrently with older cities like STL, such as Northeast, Hyde Park, Volker, (basically all of midtown) etc. Why is that?

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Re: Urban Living Pet Peeves

Post by brewcrew1000 » Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:13 am

I believe a lot of the houses in midtown had some kind of parking/path for Carriages and horse in the back of the houses, maybe this kind of design was more secure in case people stole horses/carriages. I'm just throwing it out there, i am probably wrong, just a thought that came to mind.

KC was less dense as these other cities so maybe they didn't need the alley's?

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Re: Urban Living Pet Peeves

Post by warwickland » Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:02 am

the discretion of a city engineer maintaining standards for any area? no clue. look at a city like los angeles, as already referenced, and lower beverly hills has a very strong alley system, while highland park is a giant jumble of weird lanes and driveways everywhere.

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