Do not go gentle into that good night.

Edith's home; the Mirabella retirement community. ©Ryan Schierling

(L) Edith Macefield has lived in this little house in Ballard since 1966. When developers approached the 86-year-old with a one million dollar buyout for her property and the 108-year-old house, she refused. "I don't want to move. I don't need the money. Money doesn't mean anything," said Macefield. The five-story project, which is being built around her house, will include a parking garage, fitness club and a grocery store, just like every other new development in Seattle.

(R) The high-end, exclusive Mirabella retirement community, currently being developed in the South Lake Union district, is touted as the retirement community of the future. There will be a saline swimming pool, four restaurants, an arts studio and a 300-seat theater, and, according to the New York Times, a none-too-cheap pricetag for warehouse oldster living. "David Rensvold, a 69-year-old retired pilot, and his wife, Sandy, have reserved a $691,000 two-bedroom independent-living apartment at the Mirabella. Their monthly charges will be about $4,200."

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