As you may know, the Roosevelt neighborhood is scheduled to have a light rail station go about 2016 (the year changes all the time) from between 12 Ave NE and Roosevelt from NE 65th to NE 67th. This is virtually right next to Roosevelt High School.
The neighborhood has known this was coming for a long time. The Roosevelt Neighborhood is one place that has had a long-term vision for its growth (over 20 years). The neighborhood has consistently worked with the City in its planning. (And just to say, this isn't about nimbyism. Roosevelt and Ravenna have known this was coming and have done what the City has wanted in using their guidelines on creating an urban village.)
However, at the same time, Roosevelt has had long-time land owners (brothers) who prefer their holdings to be in a run-down and blighted state. They have shown no concern for the neighborhood (at one point a building they owned had squatters in it using drugs and this was right across from RHS). Not to mention the frequent citing and fines leveled at them by the City. So there isn't a lot of trust for what they might do with their land.
They own the land directly south of Roosevelt High and would like to develop it with fairly tall buildings (at one point it was 18 stories, now about 12). My thought (and most neighbors) is that it would look ridiculous and would not be good for RHS. (Naturally there is development to occur all around the station and the neighborhood would prefer most of the density to be at the station area and then "wedding cake" out to other areas.)
So why should you care? You should care if Roosevelt High will be your child's high school. That means people at Eckstein and Hamilton and all their feeder elementaries.
There are several issues. One is obviously that growth and density is going to happen in that area and it may very well change the boundaries at RHS. The housing will not be just for single people. Two, when Roosevelt had its historic rebuild, the district followed some new research on building schools that favors natural light for better academic outcomes. You can imagine that light would change if RHS was surrounded on two or three sides by taller buildings. Three, the City doesn't require any certain amount of parking so naturally, traffic, parking and student safety is also a concern. Four, RHS is a City historic landmark and so a focal point for the neighborhood.
Please consider attending to express your concerns.
(There has been talk about this particular issue city-wide as many other neighborhoods are watching to see how the City Council treats Roosevelt. The thinking is that if a neighborhood such as Roosevelt that has worked with the City and been doing this for decades doesn't get fair treatment from the Council, then good luck to other neighborhoods for your issues. Is this a City Council that listens to neighborhoods?)