As a former neighbor of this elite private school for K-8th grade, all I can say is that the administration and trustees are incredibly bad neighbors, having bulldozed their way to getting permission to expand their facilities into the residential neighborhood expressly AGAINST the wishes of these neighbors
(the Mayfair neighborhood association).
Having traffic backed-up for 2-3 blocks with single-passenger (usually driver/Moms) SUV's after 2:00 pm for an hour wasn't bad enough, now they have demolished several lovely houses below them and on Nob Hill Avenue.
The building is hideous modern institutional (read: mini-Adobe headquarters in Fremont), all concrete and thug-like..
I would love to write the principal and trustees and inform them right across from THEIR homes (on Mercer Island or the Eastside or wherever) is going up up a Restoration Hardware + branch of the public library/community center + ...except it's NOT true (and only wishful thinking).
Why does an ostensibly educational and not-for-profit institution have to act like a bully anyway?? What lesson is it teaching these kids anyway by its actions?
It seems like an insult not only to the neighborhood but also to the Seattle Public Schools...I guess our public schools just aren't good enough...for these people, at least.
UPDATE 9-27-07: Laurelhurst doesn't like a "good/bad" neighbor, Children's Hospital, either: see