Fresh on the heels of our scorn for the statements of Ms. Cheri Morris, who is wont to invoke the great English architect Charles Voysey in one breath while explaining her use of faux treatments and fake historic elements at City Center in the next, we find ourselves applauding Mid-City Real Estate Partners for the following reason. It seems that one of the partners in the private City Center development – Hedgewood Homes – has decided to use crushed stone in many of the interior drives of the proposed development in downtown Alpharetta and to use mulch around the detention pond.
If you will recall, we made quite a to-do over the proposed “walking path” that extends along the creek from Hedgewood Homes almost all the way to Avalon. (See our Big Red Elephant post). In this post we explained that impermeable surfaces only collect rainwater, which then can mix with pesticides, herbicides and oil and wash into nearby bodies of water. We predicted that the path adjacent to Academy Park, and to the east of the proposed Hedgewood Homes, would become just such a pesticide laden reservoir with the coming development along Thompson Street.
But we find that the decision of Hedgewood Homes (and vicariously Mid-City Real Estate Partners) to use permeable surfaces is (also vicariously) a decision that ameliorates the aforesaid water pollution. In other words, all that oil, dirt and chemicals won’t be rushing into the creek quite as fast since a permeable surface is being used, rather than asphalt or concrete.
Alpharetta City Council approved this variance.
The only complaint we have to make is that this decision wasn’t made based upon preventing water pollution or, say, the conservation of natural resources, but rather, was made to re-create the english village look of the architect CFA Voysey. We are fairly sure that the Architect CFA Voysey, who long ago passed away, doesn’t really care if Hedgewood Homes uses a permeable path or not. We are also fairly sure that re-creating 17th and 18th and 19th century architectural details just for the sake of architectural details is willy-nilly in the big picture.
So, by hook or by crook, it seems that Hedgewood Homes might actually be doing the right thing for the environment, even if it is for the wrong reasons. In any case, jolly good job.