Hess fought them and lost, and when all was said and done, his building was torn down, and he was left with a triangle shaped piece of property. It was about the size and shape of a large slice of pizza.
Later, the city tried to get him to donate his pizza-shaped property so that they could build a sidewalk. Macefield turned down the money. Developers went forward with the shopping mall anyway. The mall enveloped her house on three sides. The architects designed the building in such a way that if Macefield ever decided to move, they could easily incorporate the space where her had been into the building.
Spending all of this time together, Broker got to know Macefield well. She was not even mad about the mall they were building more or less on top of her house. On the contrary, she seemed happy to lawyer the company.
Macefield was an avid reader and loved to talk about books, listen to old music a lot of opera and big-band music, according to Martin and watch old movies. She was also a writer. Spy top it all off, she also claimed that Benny Goodman was her cousin and that she had played music with Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey Macefield played both saxophone and clarinet.
He make most of her meals, visited with her on weekends and even attended to her in the middle of the night if she called and said she needed him. She finally agreed to a live-in nurse when she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Even then, Martin had her power of attorney — she put him in charge of her final decisions.
He never found anything about her escaping Dachau or caring for any war orphans. Macefield before she died also had a very high opinion of him. They said that he was there trader day when no one else was and that he seemed to care deeply for Macefield. She had her own personal reasons for staying in her house and they had nothing to do with that narrative.
Whatever her reasons were for doing it, she stood her ground. And she became a symbol, whether she wanted to or not. Producer Katie Mingle spoke with project superintendent, Barry Martin, journalist Kathy Mulady, and home health-care trader Karen Smith and Cathy Bailey for this story. Featured image by Flickr user Milo Tobin. Barry Martin wrote a book about his experience with Edith Macefield called Under One Roof. As a former Seattleite, I appreciated the details that filled in this story.
The site is now an apartment building. Honda headquarters in Torrance, CA had a crappy-looking auto repair shop in front of it for YEARS because the owner refused to sell. I would love to hear your take on that story. I really urge holdouts to carefully reconsider their position. Often their actions block their neighbours from improving their lives. I live in Ballard and saw that building go up—in fact a friend of mine is an architect who worked on the project.
For the most part, the density is happening where it should be—on arterials near transit lines. What is unfortunate is the trend of single family homes being torn down and replaced with a new single family home that maximizes allowable lot coverage and building height and dwarfs the smaller scale homes adjacent.
Santa Monica has interesting houses here and there that look charmingly out of place next to large developments. There was a holdout next to Crossroads school for a long time, though they finally sold to the school. There are 3 cool little houses south of SM Blvd on 23rd, surrounded by 2-story apartment buildings, a business, and a big medical building parking lot.
A tiny duplex on 4th just north of Wilshire is another trippy looking property surrounded by big multi-story properties.
How can there be holdouts in China? Their govt would kick you out without thinking twice, I would think. Canada Customs in the town of Fort Erie decided to build a bigger place to house not only Customs business but also several brokerages.
They bought up several homes near the corner of Queen and Niagara but one family refused to sell. Every trucker who has to go inside to see a broker or to have a load inspected walks along the back fence line of this property after having driven their truck along the one side of the property.
Check outon Google Maps to see it. This is going to happen in San Francisco on the corner of 1st and Mission st. Diagonal from the Sales Force tower. They still have time to sell. I just loved this story…how a stranger reached out to her and ended up her closest lawyer and was blessed because of it. If you lived in NYC in the 60s you knew about this holdout.
Was also an aged woman living alone that did not want to sell to the mall development co. She turned down 200k back then, which was a huge amount of money. Someone needs to hunt that book down and share it with the world. I grew up in West Seattle and always knew of Ballard as where many of my ancestors came from, Norwegian stock.
My mother was born in the same era and what you described in Mrs. Macefield is mirrored in my mother. Her spy to remain where she was is exactly something people of that era would do. My own mother always thrived when she had independence.
I live in Asia now and did not know of the story till your podcast. I was so delighted to hear that Mrs. Martin is glad he did. Macefield shared with him must be great treasures. Trader he shared them with us. In Amsterdam we have a similar kind of thing in opposite to the Central Station.
Around a big invester wanted to build a large hotel opposite to the, then under construction, Central Station. He had to buy out 10 houses but one of them refused. You can still see it today, in the facade of the Hotel. There are two small houses build around by the hotel. There is a Kickstarter to try to raise money to save it from demolition in the next couple of weeks.
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