“The era of the slot home may finally be over in Denver, and its funeral turned into an airing of grievances.
“I hate slot homes. I hate them,” said Maggie Miller, a resident who worked to rein in the controversial building design. “It feels like being in a canyon.”
With a unanimous 11-0 vote on Monday, the city’s elected leaders moved to ban the construction of the unusual residences that have spread through northwestern Denver neighborhoods in recent years.
The new proposal to kill slot homes was the result of more than a year of work, with city planners working alongside a task force of developers, residents and others.
“We saw some of the ugliest slot homes in the world, and some that were pretty decent, too,” said Councilman Wayne New.
The most obvious change is that housing units near the street now must face the street. The units in the back can still face sideways, but the ones up front have to form a unified block. Parking access for many buildings would be from the alley.
In some cases, the city also is lowering height limits and requiring buildings to be set further back from the street.
Developers have said that the change could reduce the number of residences they can fit on a given lot — shrinking some developments from 12 units to 11 units. (In fact, the slot home was invented to maximize square footage and profits.)”
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Kenney, Andrew. Denverite 7 May 2018.