It had been awhile since I had visited the Arcata branch of the North Coat Coop. This afternoon I stopped in to grab some items. That development across the street – I think it’s senior housing of some sort – has changed the feel of the neighborhood. The Coop parking lot almost feels claustrophobic.
That’s not to say that I oppose the development. It’s a perfect location and the building looks like it’ll have a nice appearance. But the change is quite profound. If you kind of zone out for a moment while gazing on it from across the street, it almost feels like you’re in Sonoma County somewhere.
I think it’s most noticeable in the late afternoon as it blocks the sun to the west.